Royston win at Dunstable
ROYSTON Town boss Paul Attfield says his team were worthy winners away at Dunstable on Tuesday night. Lewis Endacott and Ryan Lockett ensured the points for the Crows, but in truth it could have been a lot more. He said: We dominated the first half and m
ROYSTON Town boss Paul Attfield says his team were worthy winners away at Dunstable on Tuesday night.
Lewis Endacott and Ryan Lockett ensured the points for the Crows, but in truth it could have been a lot more.
He said: "We dominated the first half and maybe we were just a little concerned that we hadn't taken more of some excellent chances we had created for ourselves in that period."
As the race for high league positions intensifies this was an excellent win for Royston against one of their nearest rivals.
On a difficult playing surface the visitors had enough chances in the first half to be comfortably in front but had to wait until first half injury time to take a deserved lead into the break.
The second half was much tighter but a solid defensive and a late penalty gave the Crows a deserved victory.
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Bull had the ball in the net after just four minutes from a near post header with the referee harshly disallowing the effort for a supposed foul on the 'keeper. Moments later Bull cut inside from the right and unleashed a fierce 20-yard effort the struck the well beaten keeper's left post and rebounded back into play.
Tom Malins had two great chances from crosses, one close range header that cleared the crossbar and one eight-yard effort from Lewis Endacott's cut back that was smothered by the keeper.
The openings continued with Turl having a 10-yard goal shot that was unknowingly blocked by a defender and Ross Collins smashed a volley straight at the 'keeper.
Dunstable offered little in attack from open play and looked more likely to score from set plays. Two near post headers from corners nearly brought reward with one flashing just over the angle of post and crossbar and another was hacked off the line by Endacott.
As the first half looked like finishing surprisingly goal less Royston took the lead in added time when another Grinham long throw was headed on by Turl and Lewis Endacott smashed an angled volley in from 10 yards.
This gave the visitors good confidence going into the second half in what was a more open, even affair with few chances created.
Dunstable had an justifiable penalty shout for handball against Grinham turned down early on in the half and wasted a couple of good openings without hitting the target or testing Gibson.
Royston looked dangerous on the counter-attack with Bull volleying over from close range after some neat control and Tom Malins headed straight at the 'keeper from close range following a right wing cross.
With the game finely poised, Royston put the game to bed with eight minutes remaining.
Another Grinham throw in was headed on by Ricky Young with ball striking the hand of a defender and the penalty was awarded.
Lockett smashed the ball down the middle of the goal to complete the scoring on a good night's work from Attfield's side.