Royston Town bolster title hopes with Blues cruise
PUBLISHED: 15:37 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 26 February 2016
Simon Thomas' brace either side of the interval, complemeneted by Jack Bradshaw's spot-kick double - despite the midfeidler also missing another - ensured a convincing 4-1 home win over Arlesey Town and kept them in the Southern League Division One Central title race.
Royston Town v Arlesey Town
Scott Bridges on his knees denying foul. Picture: David Hatton
Battle of the minds. Picture: David Hatton
Rhy Hoenes goal. Picture: David Hatton
Manager Steve Castle congratulates Simon Thomas. Picture: David Hatton
Attack by Bradshaw. Picture: David Hatton
Simon Thomas celebrates his goal. Picture: David Hatton
Simon Thomas on the ball. Picture: David Hatton
Jack Bradshaw celebrates his goal. Picture: David Hatton
Royston wing attack. Picture: David Hatton
Danny May on the ball. Picture: David Hatton
Brown looks to tackle Roystons Bradshaw
Powell and Tavernier go in for a loose ball
Arlesey Town co-manager Nathan Abbey
Royston Town manager Steve Castle
Carr challenges Powell just outside the box
T. Williams lays the ball off in midfield
Carr looks to make a tackle on Thomas
Royston Town's Powell
Cohen holds off Willet in the middle of the park
Thomas scores the opening goal for Royston Town
Thomas tries to hold off Beesley and Olukanmi
Carr brings the ball away
Carr dives in on Cohen
Powell tries to bring the ball down
T. Williams holds off Watters
The hosts started the better and on 20 minutes they struck first.
A fine Scott Bridges pass found the eager and alert Thomas and he displayed good strength and poise to run on and finish with accuracy.
The home side remained in command until half-time and should have gone further ahead moments after the break.
Rhys Hoenes was felled in the box and Bradshaw seized the ball. However, his penalty was kept out.
That slip-up looked to have derailed the home side as a few minutes later, Arlesey were level.
The ball was poached in midfield by the visitors and eventually found its way to Jevani Brown who struck to level proceedings at 1-1.
That lead only lasted seven minutes as Thomas again showed power and determination to drive on to goal and sidefoot home.
Hoenes was again fouled for penalty number two on 66 minutes and this time Bradshaw – showing no sign of nerves after his previously saved effort - made no mistake.
Then again, on 73 minutes, Ingrey, going away from the goal, was recklessly tripped and Bradshaw powered home the penalty.