Super Crows have Gibson to thank for match-winning performance
Langford 1 Royston Town 6 ROYSTON Town's clinical finishing was the defining factor in a scoreline which didn t do justice to Langford and but for keeper Jorden Gibson the story could have been so much different. The home side started better and from the
Langford 1 Royston Town 6
ROYSTON Town's clinical finishing was the defining factor in a scoreline which didn't do justice to Langford and but for keeper Jorden Gibson the story could have been so much different.
The home side started better and from their first set play took the lead from a corner when Pateman headed home powerfully at the far most with no Royston challenge in observation.
The lead could have been doubled with an identical routine soon after but this time the header cleared the crossbar.
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Gibson was then called upon to make his first save from close range following another set play before Royston began to ease their way into the game.
The Crows scored from their first real chance on 17 minutes with Ricky Young ramming the ball home from a tight angle after the hosts failed to deal with a Luke Robins' cross.
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This helped Royston to gain a foothold in midfield where Will Turl, Ross Collins and Carl Edwards were prominent.
Collins was unlucky when he latched onto a great through ball but his lob brushed the keeper's leg and went inches wide but Royston took the lead in the 39th minute when Will Turl showed good composure in midfield to side step a couple of challenges and his crisp 20-yard strike took a slight deflection past the diving keeper.
There was still time for Gibson to make another smart one-on-one block to help preserve his team's lead.
Langford had a good controlling spell early on in the second half with Royston trapped in a dithering period which invited a fair amount of pressure.
Gibson made two point blank goal line saves and one superb tip away from the top corner from a header before they created one great opportunity when Ricky Young just failed to connect with John Bitting's excellent cross.
Royston really needed an inspirational moment and they got it in the 65th minute when Luke Robins received a throw in and turned to unleash a cracking 20-yard angled half volley over the keeper's head and into the far corner.
With a two goal cushion Royston again began to show greater prowess and looked like adding to their tally which they did.
Substitute Scott Crosk nearly scored with his first touch with the keeper scrambling his effort behind but from the resulting corner David Cain headed across goal for Crosk to bundle home.
The introduction of Ryan Lockett with 10 minutes remaining was also a plus point for the visitors after his three month USA coaching trip and with three minutes remaining he set Josh Bronti free who crossed on a plate for the unmarked Ryan Wade to head home.
Wade completed the scoring in injury time with a fine solo effort, cutting in from the left and rasping an 18-yard strike inside the keeper's near post.
Speaking about his side's performance, manager Paul Attfield said: "The result is obviously satisfying but greatly flattering and must not hide the frailties in our game.
"We didn't play well against Hoddesdon last week and today we produced a similar performance.
"We are not starting games, or halves of football, at all well and only seem to be finding good momentum towards the later part of each half.
"Whilst our finishing was superb we must address these crucial problems as we now have a run of physically hard cup and league games and we might not be so lucky unless it changes."
Royston: Gibson, Endacott, Bitting, Debnam, Cain, Collins, Edwards (Bronti), Young (Crosk), Wade, Turl, Robins (Lockett). Unused subs: Barlow, Cook.