Attfield happy with attitude of in-form winger
PUBLISHED: 11:07 12 January 2012
Crows boss talks about Luke Robins following his performance against Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night
ROYSTON TOWN manager Paul Attfield says he has been pleased with the attitude of Luke Robins since the winger’s return to the club.
Robins has scored seven goals since rejoining the Crows in September, including a brace against Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night, following a year-long spell at Southern League Premier Division side Cambridge City.
However he hasn’t started as many games as he would have liked due to the excellent performances of his team-mates so far this season, but his manager believes the winger has matured since his first spell at Garden Walk.
“He gives us something a little bit different,” Attfield told the Royston Crow. “He’s left footed, quick – and they don’t grow on trees nowadays – but he’s more physical than he was before he left.
“He hasn’t played that many games because the team has been playing so well, but he’s been very patient and has shown a good attitude. I’d say he has matured quite a bit.”
Robins’s double against Jets on Tuesday made it four goals in three games, as the Crows opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.
They travel to mid-table Colney Heath on Saturday for what will be their final league fixture for two weeks, as the Crows compete in four cup competitions after this weekend – including the much anticipated FA Vase Fourth Round tie at Bournemouth on January 21.
Despite their league position, Attfield says he expects a difficult match from Saturday’s opponents.
“It will be a tough match,” added Attfield. “They are good defensively and they have a lot of very physical players. We struggled against them in the home fixture for long periods and they are very difficult to break down.
“We will have to pass the ball better than we did the other night against Oxhey, and if we can do that then hopefully we will win the game.”
Speaking about the plethora of upcoming cup matches, Attfield says he will need to utilise his squad in order keep everyone fresh.
He said: “We’ve got a lot of cup games coming up so for the fringe players it’s a good opportunity for them to stake a claim.”