Crows off to a flyer!
Royston Town started their 2019/20 campaign with a tricky home match against last season’s play-off finalists, Alvechurch. On a day that saw the football affected by gusty strong winds, the Church struggled to deal with both the conditions and the Crows persistence and movement.
Royston were on the front foot from the start with young Joe Newton causing numerous problems with his tenacity and well-delivered crosses. The opening goal came on 30 minutes with Gus Scott-Morriss delivering a deepish corner and Adam Murray heading it back across the goal for Scott Bridges to rise well in front of the Church’s Keeper, Niall Clayton to head in from two yards. Royston continued to press and reward came with a second goal on 42 minutes with another corner move that saw Newton cross back in and Brandon Adams got a deft flicked header to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The second half saw the Crows struggle slightly to adjust to having the wind with them and Alvechurch had their only decent spell in this match. Changes were made that seemed to give the home side renewed impetus and they regained control and created the better chances to seal the game. The deserved third goal came in the 97th minute with Matt Bateman being rewarded for his tremendous industry with a fine back post header past Clayton following an equally good cross by Scott-Morriss.