Four-some Royston Town too strong for Chalfont St Peter

PUBLISHED: 15:22 07 November 2016

John Frendo.

John Frendo.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Royston Town are still flying high at the summit of Southern League Division One Central after a superb 4-0 victory at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.

This was a totally over-whelming display by the in-form Crows against a below-par Chalfont team that were over-run powerfully and whom had no answers to Royston’s forward play.

The first half produced two goals – but it could have been many more – as the Crows were rampant and, apart from a Chalfont free-kick from distance that was easily caught, new keeper Hayden Dodge had an easy induction.

Dodge almost created an early score with a long central clearance that surprised both Chalfont defence and Royston striker John Frendo alike and who was uncharacteristically slow to react as his stretched prod on goal was straight at home keeper Garry Malone.

Six minutes in and it was 1-0 to the visitors.

A dangerous cross in from the right was met by a leaping Scott Bridges and his well-directed header flew into the net.

Two minutes later and the lead was doubled.

Again a cross caused confusion and a subtle lay-back by Martel Powell brought the pressing Danny May into play and his powerful drive with his able left foot was palmed, but not stopped, by the diving Malone.

The dominant Crows created further good chances to score that were shared by the eager forwards and a mixture of pitch bobbles, inaccuracy, offside calls and a busy Malone kept the score down to two.

Josh Castiglione picked up a knock just before the break and Steve Castle let the change wait until half-time for review. Frazer John replaced the in-form midfielder at the break.

The home team had a rare chance with an early header that again was simply caught by Dodge.

Another change from Castle and a surprised looking Powell departed to be replaced by Ryan Towner on 51 minutes.

Two minutes later and Royston were three up.

Another superb delivery by Gus Scott-Morriss from the right found Frendo loosely marked and he executed a difficult and athletic full volley with his less favoured right foot that bulged the net and destroyed any of the home side’s dwindling resolve.

The last Royston substitution on the hour mark brought Luke Warner-Eley on and Spyros Mentis off with May moving to midfield, allowing Warner-Eley to slot in at left-back.

Again it was full visitors domination and pressure on goal with good chances being forged and created.

Royston did add a fourth, again from the productive boot of Scott-Morriss, delivering a low cross that Ryan Ingrey stooped to head in to complete the rout.

Castle’s men welcome Chalfont to Garden Walk tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the Southern League Cup.

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