Royston Town climb to second after extending winning league run to six
- Credit: Archant
The Crows are up to second in Southern League Division One Central after taking their winning run to six with convincing wins over struggling opponents.
On the road on Tuesday night, Royston saw off third bottom Arlesey Town at the Armadillo Stadium thanks to goal from Ryan Ingrey, Rob Mason and Chris Watters.
That win followed Royston’s seven-goal mauling of basement club North Greenford United at Garden Walk last Saturday.
Skipper Scott Bridges and Rhys Hoenes both bagged hat-tricks and the impressive Mason snaffled the other as United were slaughtered 7-1.
Had it not been for the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Ricardo Diniz, kept the eventual scoreline could have certainly rocketed into double figures.
Although Royston were by far and away the better side, the visitors plight was not helped by the early straight dismissal of Orlando Rodrigues on 15 minutes, adjudged last man as he hauled back the pacey Hoenes.
From the resultant free kick, Scott Bridges curled a powerful shot around the wall and sweetly into the top right hand corner giving Diniz no chance.
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The floodgates could have opened but credit to North Greenford who kept it tight.
Their resistance was eventually broken on half-time though as Ryan Towner found Hoenes and he finished sublimely for 2-0.
Three minutes into the second half and Mason got his goal - latching onto a clever through ball by home debutant full back Danny May and cheekily lobbing the onrushing Diniz.
Scott Bridges’ neat volley, again supplied by May, made it four on 61 minutes but there was one consolation for the away side as their captain Jessy Yeboue slammed home a penalty after a clear Crows handball.
Undeterred, Royston battled on and they regained their composure to make it 5-1 as Bridges converted a penalty and Hoenes clinically dispatched number six.
The scoring was completed well into stoppage time with Hoenes also completing a treble as Toner cut the ball back to Mason who slipped in Hoenes to tap in for 7-1.
On the evidence of the last two hammerings, Royston will take a lot of stopping.