Skipper nets on return as Royston Town run riot at Northwood

Scott Bridges looks to shrug off a opponent Picture: David Hatton

Scott Bridges looks to shrug off a opponent Picture: David Hatton - Credit: Archant

Rampant Royston Town notched another four goals on their travels to strengthen their Southern League Division One Central promotion hopes.

Having smashed Ware 4-1 at Wodson Park just four days prior, the returning Scott Bridges, back after serving a four-match suspension, Simon Thomas, Jack Bradshaw and Ryan Ingrey secured this victory.

It was as early as the seventh minute when the Crows drew first blood. Bridges executed a perfect spin-and-shot after some good combination work from Chris Watters, Erkan Okay and Bradshaw.

With 20 minutes gone, an important three minutes ensued with Tewkesbury over stretching for a crossed ball and clearly fouling a Northwood jumper to concede a penalty.

The stand-in keeper redeemed his actions with a good save and from his quick-thinking delivery, he found winger Rhys Hoenes on the run who supplied Thomas to glance a header into the corner of the goal.

With the home side reeling it was from a Royston short corner on 28 minutes that Hoenes drew a foul in the box and Bradshaw stepped up again to power home the resultant penalty kick.

The Crows had another strong penalty shout waved away on 30 minutes as Bridges was shoved as he was about to shoot and two minutes later Bradshaw unleashed a curling effort that went just wide.

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The second half was a scrappier affair as the Crows always looked to extend their lead but found more resistance with earlier breakdown of play by Northwood and their keeper Laurencin making two really good saves.

Thomas was replaced just past the hour mark by Reece Dobson after again contributing well and getting more important minutes to aid his match fitness.

The icing was put on the cake on 80 minutes with a clearance from the back being nodded on cleverly by Hoenes and the energetic Ingrey collected and out-paced his marker before placing an accurate finish past the sprawling keeper.

Northwood tested Tewkesbury again near the end but he did well and his decent stop was gratefully cleared.

This perfect performance sees the Crows cement fourth place. They remain eight points behind AFC Rushden & Diamonds with two games in hand.

Next up is a trip to basement club North Greenford United this Saturday.