Royston Town’s FA Trophy showing at National League South side put them ‘on the map’ says boss Castle

Royston Town boss Steve Castle (left) and assistant Chris Watters. Picture: Kevin Richards

Royston Town boss Steve Castle (left) and assistant Chris Watters. Picture: Kevin Richards - Credit: Archant

Steve Castle believes Saturday’s goalless FA Trophy draw at Vanarama National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough has put Royston Town ‘on the map’.

The Crows earned a home third qualifying round replay – which perished to the frozen weather on Tuesday night – after a fine defensive display at a side that sit two leagues above them and who currently reside in the play-off places.

Top scorer John Frendo went closest for the Southern League Division One Central leaders, looping a shot just past Charlie Grainger’s post from 25 yards and although Town came under pressure in the latter stages, they held on for what was a sturdy result (see match report inside).

Boss Castle told the Crow: “I’m very proud of the guys. They were excellent.

“Considering they [Hampton & Richmond] are two leagues above and flying as well, with players that have had interest from pro clubs, we matched them.

“I think little old Royston Town have been put on the map.

“The FA Trophy is a bit of a sideline for us but at the same time we want to give our best in every game whatever the competition and we certainly did that.”

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The manager has had some great results since taking charge of the Garden Walk side three years ago and he ranks the result near the top of his list.

He continued: “We’ve had some terrific results and that’s right up there for me especially recently.

“We’ve not done the full job yet but we’ve held a team in the play-offs from two leagues above.”

Tuesday’s replay postponement means a further fixture reshuffle for Town.

Royston were due to entertain second-placed Farnborough in the league on Tuesday (December 6) but the FA Trophy clash will now take place on that evening, pushing the Yellows’ visit back to Tuesday, January 17.

Castle’s men travel to promotion rivals Kempston Rovers on Saturday.