|Date||Saturday 14th October 2017|
|Match||Royston Town v Frome Town|
|Competition||Evostik League South: Premier Division|
|Royston Scorers||Frendo(2), Sco Bridges|
The Crows recorded their third win of the week and in doing so propelled themselves into the top 10 of the Evostik Premier Division as it begins to take shape with around a quarter of the season completed.
In truth this was a largely one-sided affair as Royston never allowed Frome the chance to get into the game, with the visitors only really looking like troubling the home defence once the game had been won.
From the start Royston took hold of the game dominating territorially without being able to penetrate the away defence sufficiently to create any real clear cut opportunities. This changed in the 22nd minute as Gus Scott-Morriss got the better of visiting skipper Sam Teale and curled a dangerous ball in behind the Frome defence. Adam Marriott ceased on the opportunity but his shot was repelled by the foot of Kyle Phillips in the away goal. Unfortunately for the keeper the ball only broke to the lurking John Frendo who crashed the ball home into the top of the empty net.
Royston were immediately forced into a substitution, as Dan Brathwaite succumbed to injury to be replaced by Josh Castiglione. This did not alter the pattern of play though as Royston continued to probe and what little threat Frome offered was easily dealt with by the home back line.
The second half could not have started worse for the visiting side as keeper Phillips saw his clearance rebound off the pressing Frendo and watched helplessly as the ball arced into the net off the centre forwards rear end. A rather fortuitous goal but just reward for the number 9’s hard work in closing down from the front.
This in effect ended the match as a contest, with Royston content to protect their lead, although both Adam Murray and Josh Oyinsan should have done better with clear cut opportunities that were created for them. Skipper Scott Bridges eventually showed them out to do in the 74th minute, as he steered a shot into the bottom corner, following good work from James Potton, to add a third goal.
This, all be it rather belatedly, kicked Frome into a bit of life, as they started to enjoy a bit more possession and pushed Royston back on the defensive. However, the hardworking Crows snubbed out what little threat the away team offered, with them seeing their best effort with 4 minutes to go cleared off the line by a well-positioned Scott-Morriss.
Royston: 1-Welch, 2-Asafu-Adjaye, 3-Chappell, 4-Bridges, Scott (c), 5-Murray, 6-Brathwaite (Castiglione 23), 7-Scott-Morriss, 8-Corcoran, 9-Frendo, 10-Potton (12-Powell 77), 11-Marriott (14-Oyinsan 66)
Unused: 15-Alomenu, 17-Ingrey