Ruthless Crows in seventh heaven
Langford 1 Royston Town 7
Royston Town 7
ROYSTON Town blew away the cobwebs on Tuesday night with a devastating display of precision finishing against Langford.
In truth, it’s hard to imagine any team in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division being able to cope with them judging by this performance which saw both George Brinkman and Josh Bronti score a hat-trick apiece - with substitute Bronti’s coming in just a five minute period near the end.
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Carl Edwards also got his name on the scoresheet but this was very much a team performance of very high quality and which manager Paul Attfield felt had been coming for a few weeks.
Royston immediately started on the front foot and should have taken the lead after 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty when Brinkman was brought down by the Langford goalkeeper. However, Ryan Lockett was unable to capitalise and his spot-kick went wide of the post.
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They eventually took the lead in the 27th minute when Edwards played in Ricky Young whose fierce shot cannoned back off the post into the path of Edwards who calmly tapped home the rebound.
Royston were unlucky not extend their lead before half time when Brinkman headed against the crossbar following Ashley Grinham’s long throw. They contained the home side without much fuss, and it seemed Langford’s only attacking threat came from set pieces.
Brinkman made it two just past the hour-mark with a diving header following Lockett’s cross to the far post from the right.
Ten minutes later it was three when Lockett again picked out Brinkman who raced towards goal before lifting the ball over the advancing ‘keeper into the net.
And he completed his hat-trick minutes later with a close-range finish from Luke Robins’ centre.
Langford had long since given up the ghost and the way they crumbled bordered on embarrassing.
Royston were relentless in their search for more goals and it was Bronti’s turn to get in on the act on 81 minutes with a tap in after more good play from Brinkman and Robins. And almost straight from the restart he had his second with another close-range finish after fellow substitute Arron Welch had squared to him.
Langford’s left-back then felt it necessary to take out his frustrations on innocent spectators which was totally out of line. Obviously he failed to keep a lid on his emotions after enduring 80 minutes of having rings run round him by the likes of Young and Brinkman.
Royston suffered a brief lack in concentration when Langford pulled a goal back with a header from a free-kick but Attfield’s side had the last laugh when Bronti completed his hat-trick four minutes from time with a neat finish off the outside of his boot from Welch’s cross.
To a man Royston were superb and some of the football they played was simply excellent. On this form they will take some stopping and it will be interesting to see if they can replicate this level of performance against Hanwell Town at Garden Walk this Saturday.
The win moved Royston up to third in the table but runaway leaders Chalfont St Peter still don’t look like dropping points at the present time.
Royston Town: Robinson, Endacott (Welch 78), McElvoy, Mulvaney (Whitaker 65), Grinham, Young (Bronti 74), Edwards, Collins, Robins, Lockett, Brinkman.