Royston Town maintain unbeaten league record after Aylesbury United and Histon Bank Holiday triumphs
- Credit: Archant
Gary Cohen and Spyros Mentis were on hand to deliver a second Southern League Division One Central win for Royston Town in three days, this time defeating bottom club Histon 2-0 at Garden Walk on Monday.
Having won 1-0 at Aylesbury United on Saturday thanks to new signing John Frendo’s strike, Royston were dominant from the off and had created three efforts at goal before the first real goalscoring opportunity fell to Simon Thomas in the 17th minute.
After a pass out wide, Cohen crossed the ball into Thomas, but a poor touch didn’t allow him to get the ball out from under his feet and his eventual shot was well-saved by Histon keeeper Niall Conroy.
The home crowd did not have to wait long after that for the opening goal.
A good ball wide from Mentis found the ever-willing Gus Scott-Morriss making good ground up the right-hand flank and his cross was met by a combination of a diving Cohen and an away defender.
The end result was the ball flying into the net with Cohen claiming the opening goal.
Having withstood a large amount of pressure throughout the half, Histon almost found themselves level just before the break as skipper Max York carried the ball out of defence and cut through the home midfield.
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A quick exchange of passes saw him continue his run, but the shot didn’t match the enterprising burst forward and was dragged wide of Ron Yates’ goal.
Into the second half and the second goal that Royston craved arrived in the 63rd minute as Mentis opened his account for the season.
A move involving good one-touch link up play between Thomas, Martel Powell and Frendo – who had replaced Cohen – resulted in Frendo’s pass releasing Mentis on the right who strode purposefully forward and despatched a low shot past Conroy into the corner.
Just a minute later it was nearly three as Frendo latched onto a well-directed headed clearance from Ryan Frater and broke the away defence to go one-on-one with Conroy.
The striker delayed his shot, trying to get the keeper to commit, but Conroy did well to stand up and managed to deflect the eventual goal bound effort with his leg, conceding a corner.
Despite the home side’s dominance and inability to put the game completely to bed, Histon continued to get the ball down and play football throughout and in the second half particularly, worked some good openings, but were ultimately let down by either poor decision making or a stray final ball.
Royston continued to create chances with Frendo (thrice), Ingrey and Frater all looking to get on the scoresheet but Histon held firm despite having to replace Conroy through injury.
Fifth-placed Town now host Bedford Town on Saturday boasting the only unbeaten record in the league.