‘We just wanted it more all over the pitch’ - Two-goal hero Scott Bridges reflects on Royston Town’s FA Trophy upset as Dulwich Hamlet clash looms
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Super skipper Scott Bridges says it was a ‘special’ moment to grab both Royston Town goals in their 2-1 FA Trophy third qualifying round replay upset of National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough at Garden Walk on Tuesday night.
Having held the Beavers to a goalless stalemate at the Beveree Stadium in the original tie 10 days prior, Bridges cancelled out Jamal Lowe’s 32nd-minute opener with a spot-kick in the 67th minute, following a trip on Josh Castiglione.
Seven minutes later he lashed home the winner to set up a first round proper trip to Ryman Premier League outfit Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday and prolong Royston’s best-ever stint in the competition.
Bridges told the Crow: “All the players are proud of what we have achieved.
“We went there [Hampton & Richmond] and got a draw and we came here thinking we could beat them and we have.
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“We were better than them on the night.
“We’ve got lads that have played leagues above [step four] and lads that can play leagues above and we showed that.
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“We just wanted it more all over the pitch.
“They had a few chances but we also had chances and took them.
“When they went 1-0 up we came in at half-time and the gaffer [Steve Castle] told us he believed in us and that we could win.
“We came out in the second half and showed exactly that.
On notching both of Royston’s efforts, he added: “It’s a really good feeling.
“The most important thing was to get the win for the lads but it was special for me to get the winner.”
Southern League Division One Central leaders Town will require a performance of the magnitude of Tuesday’s showing when they travel to Champion Hill at the weekend to face a Dulwich side who have lost just once in their previous 14 matches in all competitions.
However, Castle believes they can replicate their Hampton heist and shock a side who reside one league above them.
On the Hampton win, he said: “I cannot speak highly enough of the squad.
“They are superb lads, all rooting for each other and showing full support to everyone involved.
“To single out one person wouldn’t be right. They were all heroes.”
He added: “If we aspire to our target of promotion this season we will be playing against teams of Dulwich’s standard week in week out so yet again it is a great test for our lads and one that I’m sure they will relish and battle in again.”