Five-star Crows still on hunt for top spot

PUBLISHED: 12:35 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 11 May 2010

ROYSTON Town moved up to fifth place in the table after a convincing victory away at Leverstock Green on Tuesday night. Paul Attfield s team continue to be the form side in the division having now won seven of their last eight games. The result mirrored

ROYSTON Town moved up to fifth place in the table after a convincing victory away at Leverstock Green on Tuesday night.

Paul Attfield's team continue to be the form side in the division having now won seven of their last eight games.

The result mirrored the performance at Pancake Lane as the Crows dominated proceedings from start to finish and Attfield was delighted after witnessing some outstanding attacking play from his young squad.

"When we play like we did tonight you just have to stand back and admire," he said.

"We were awesome and should've certainly won the game by more.

"The composure on the ball from every player contributed to a mass of overwhelming attacking play and seeing five different players on the score sheet impresses me a great deal.

"I expected a tough game tonight but I have to say the players made it look very easy at times and they deserve massive credit."

The Crows started on the front foot and were enjoying playing on the slick playing surface as they fizzed the ball around with great skill and precision which the hosts failed to get to grips with.

Royston took a ninth minute lead when Ryan Lockett's corner found centre-half Nick Mulvaney who fired through a mass of players to register his first goal for the club.

Mulvaney went close to finding the net twice more from set-plays before Carl Edwards doubled the lead on 18 minutes after a quick breakaway from Lewis Endacott.

Tom Malins had a goal ruled out moments later after a push in the area before Endacott had a powerful shot brilliantly cleared off the line.

The hosts just couldn't make an impression on the Royston defence as the new found experience of Mulvaney and Dean McElvoy at centre-half caught the eye.

Royston continued to press and deservedly added a third 10 minutes before half time when Mulvaney's lobbed through-ball found the onrushing Endacott who executed a superb lob over the Leverstock 'keeper.

The home side did manage to pull a goal back just before half time with a header but a comeback looked unlikely after such a dominant first-half display from the Crows.

Jorden Gibson made his only match save in the first minute of the second half when he comfortably held a Conway header from close range before Royston put the result beyond doubt on the hour-mark when Malins stooped to head home Ross Collins' cross.

Ryan Lockett completed the scoring with the goal of the night when he crashed a 30-yard free kick into the top corner which left the 'keeper watching in admiration as the ball flew past him.

It was a thoroughly impressive display from the Crows as they continue to march up the table in the hunt for top spot.

With a 14-point gap between themselves and leaders Chalfont St. Peter, though, you could be forgiven for thinking promotion is about as likely as Portsmouth playing in the Premier League next season.

However, with two games in hand and a chance to beat Chalfont when they visit Garden walk and, who's to say what can't be achieved come the end of the season.

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