Royston Town boss Steve Castle says James Potton’s last-gasp winning wonder-strike produced a ‘buzz you can’t copy’ as Crows sink Banbury United
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Royston Town boss Steve Castle said celebrations after James Potton’s last-gasp wonder-strike are impossible to replicate, as the Crows snatched a 1-0 win over Banbury United on Saturday.
With four minutes left in Oxfordshire, Banbury were awarded a penalty. However, like Rohdell Gordon for the Crows in the first-half, Giorgio Rasula missed - rattling the post.
In the 92nd minute, substitute Potton allowed Adam Murray’s knock-down to bounce onto to his right, and cracked it from 25 yards.
He watched it rise, before dropping perfectly into the top-right corner. As he sprinted to celebrate with the Crows dugout, they climbed to second in the league and earned back-to-back wins.
Speaking to CrowSport, Castle laughed as he recounted the scenes: “My reaction was like everyone else’s, just running towards him.
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“They’re the type of things in football that you can’t copy elsewhere. When you experience those things you realise what a buzz it is.
“It’s great for team spirit. All our results have been good for team spirit at the moment.
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“Even the loss (to Stourbridge) was an unfair one so we wanted to make sure we got our own back. The bond between the lads it at its best at the moment.”
Potton came off a talented bench including Dave Mooney, Scott Thomas, Chris Assombalonga and Charley O’Keefe, and Castle said his squad’s depth of talent will be ‘vital’ later in the season.
The legendary former Leyton Orient captain added: “James is a fantastic player but he’s not met his own high standards this season.
“Hopefully that goal will be the catalyst for him to show everyone what a superb footballer he is.
“Last year we had a good team but if we had injuries we were forced to get loans and get young lads in.
“The players on our bench now would get into any step three team and the substitutes bench at step two and one.”
On Saturday, the Crows travel to Bostik League North side Maldon and Tiptree in the FA Trophy.
After falling out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, Castle is determined to have a cup run, but said ‘we’ll have to be at our best, they’re a strong and organised side.’