We need to cut out the mistakes – Attfield

CROWS manager Paul Attfield is confident his team can get back to winning ways when they take on league-leaders Leverstock Green on Saturday.

Royston suffered a 4-2 defeat at home to Berkhamsted on Tuesday night – only their second of the campaign so far – with Attfield pointing towards individual errors as the reason for the loss.

But he insists his team have more than enough attacking ability to beat any side in the division, so long as they maintain 100 per cent concentration for the whole 90 minutes when it comes to defensive duties.

“We created our own problems on Tuesday night and we pushed the self-destruct button after going ahead,” Attfield told The Crow.

“We didn’t do the basics right and despite us playing well in an attacking sense – you can’t legislate for the mistakes we’re making defensively.”

Royston will travel to Leverstock – who drew 2-2 with Holmer Green on Tuesday night - hoping to reduce the gap on the leaders to one point. But although Attfield admits it is an important game for his side, he also says the result won’t give any better indication of who will finish in top spot come the end of the season.

“I’m not overly concerned that we dropped three points on Tuesday night,” he added.

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“We’ve got nine wins from our 11 games so far so we’ve got the points on the board. It’s a marathon not a sprint and we’ve been playing ok so we’ve just got to cut out the silly mistakes.”

Attfield also spoke about Luke Robins’ return to Garden Walk after an 11-month spell at Southern Premier League side Cambridge City.

The winger has made two appearances from the bench since his move last week, and his new manager hopes he will soon get back to top form.

He added: “Luke will have learnt a lot from playing two divisions higher up so he will have improved. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t go back into his comfort zone now he’s playing back with us but he has given us something different.”

Attfield has more defensive headaches for Saturday’s trip to Pancake Lane as centre-half John McGrandles will be forced to miss out due to a groin injury suffred in the first half against Berkhamsted.

Jason Beck is still suspended and won’t be eligiable until October 15 when the Crows face Holmer Green.

Tom Whittaker remains on the sidelines but Ashley Grinham will be available for selection despite receiving a straight red card against Berkhamsted.