Royston can turn around dip in away league form says boss

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Royston RFC boss Mick Jones believes his side can turn around their struggling Herts/Middlesex One away form when they travel to Old Actonians on Saturday.

The Crows have failed to win on their travels since mid-November but are faced with an Actonians side who have triumphed just once in their last five matches and thus sit third bottom.

With Royston’s huge London & South East Junior Vase semi-final clash against Essex side Maldon coming up on February 25, Jones feels his players will be out to impress him in order to cement their starting berth for the last-four clash so he is expecting a winning performance in London at the weekend.

Jones told the Crow: “We’ve only lost once at home this season but our away form has been a bit patchy.

“We’ve got to try and make sure we can get the journey out of us quickly when we go away from home and then stamp our authority on these teams on their own patch.

“These London clubs are a funny lot. They tend not to travel that well but are tough at home but I think we’ve got enough about us to get the victory on Saturday.

He added: “We want to stay in the top four come the end of the season so winning games like this is vital.

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“It’s testament to the players that we expect to win games like this this season because last season we did struggle so we want the improvement to continue.

“We have six big league games to go and our aim is to win them all and finish the season on a high.”

n Royston 2nds ended their recent poor Herts/Middlesex Merit Five League form with a 28-0 win at Chesham 2nds.

Having lost all of their seven home games but prevailed in four of their six away fixtures coming into the game, the Crows were confident of another travelling win.

They raced into a 21-0 half-time lead before Tom Rayman wrapped up the victory with Royston’s only try of the second half.

They next face Amersham and Chiltern 3rds on February 18.