|Date||Tuesday 12th September 2017|
|Match||Royston Town v King’s Lynn Town|
|Competition||Evostik League South: Premier Division|
|Royston Scorers||Scott Bridges, Marriott|
The Crows recorded their first home win of the season as they defeated the previously unbeaten Linnets and subsequently knocked them off the top of the fledgling league table.
In truth, the game was a rather drab affair, with very little in the way of goalmouth action. However it was Royston who spent most of the time on the front foot and played like the side more intent on securing the three points.
With a number of injuries Steve Castle had to make five changes from the Hereford game which included first starts of the season for Mason Tewkesbury in goal and Romelle Alomenu at left back.
The first half started off at a lively pace with Royston looking to harry the away team’s back line whenever they were in possession. This reaped a couple of opportunities but these were quickly snuffed out as the home side failed, or were to slow, to find the correct pass.
With any real goal scoring opportunities limited by both teams hard working defensive units, the only chances of note came from a Scott Bridges free-kick that just evaded the upright and a shot from Ryan Ingrey, that was comfortably dealt with by Alex Street in the King’s Lynn goal. Indeed this was the only effort on target during the half, as Tewkesbury remained largely untroubled in the home goal, with his work extending to dealing competently with a couple of high balls into his area.
The second half was similar to the first with both teams battling hard for territorial advantage without making much gain. The deadlock was broken in the 72nd minute as a result of Royston’s continued efforts to press the ball high up the pitch. Having escaped earlier scares as a result of this pressure, Street in the away team goal inexplicably presented the ball to a centrally placed Bridges 25 yards from goal. Having been in the right hand corner of his area, Street was in no position to deny Bridges, who emphatically guided the ball into the unguarded net.
Things got even better for Royston nine minutes later as Adam Marriott picked up a lay off from substitute Josh Oyinsan. With a clever flick Marriott evaded his marker to leave him through on goal and he clinically finished the opportunity to give The Crows the luxury of a two goal lead.
From here on in King’s Lynn tried to inject some urgency into their game, but Royston continued to work hard to deny any clear opportunities with Tewkesbury only having 1 shot to deal with as The Crows strong defensive unit ensured they comfortably saw out the game and collect a well-earned three points.
Royston: 1-Tewkesbury, 2-Asafu-Adjaye, 3-Alomenu, 4-Bridges, Scott (c), 5- Murray, 6- Bridges, Stuart, 7-Potton, 8-Corcoran (12-Scott-Morriss 73), 9-Vasey (16-Oyinsan 64), 10- Marriott, 11- Ingrey (17-Ives 64)
Unused Subs: 14-Powell, 15-Orlando-Young
|ROYSTON TOWN||KING’S LYNN TOWN|
|3||EFFORTS ON TARGET||1|
|5||EFFORTS OFF TARGET||5|
|11||FREE KICKS AWARDED||17|