A commanding performance from Royston, full of pace and power, that ruthlessly exposed Biggleswade’s defensive frailties, saw the away side comprehensively claim the three points.
Right from the start the Crows looked to get the ball up front early and they were rewarded in the 10th minute as Claudio Ofosu’s perfectly timed lay off sent Brandon Adams racing clear and he confidently dispatched the ball past Sam Donkin.
A feature of the away teams attacking was the excellent set play delivery and the second goal came in the 22nd minute from a pinpoint Gus Scott-Morris corner, that ex-Crow Liam McDevitt, under pressure, managed to turn into his own net.
With half an hour on the clock, the lead was extended to 3 as Matt Bateman showed greater desire than home keeper Donkin to win the ball on the right-hand edge of the box. Bateman laid the ball off to Joe Newton, who sent a teasing cross in under the crossbar that McDevitt did well to defend, heading up onto the bar. Unfortunately for the Waders, the ball bounced off the bar and then rebounded in off a well-placed Adams, who knew little of what happened, but gleefully celebrated his good fortune.
Just 3 minutes later the fourth goal arrived as Ofosu sped down the left touchline, once again leaving defenders trailing in his wake. After an exchange of passes with Joe Newton an inviting cross was headed into the net by Adam Murray.
A shell-shocked home side were happy to hear the half time whistle and obviously used the break wisely as an improved second-half defensive showing testified. Royston continued to boss the game though and Ofosu’s excellent performance was rewarded with a fine individual goal in the 52nd minute, with an early contender for goal of the season.
Collecting a Newton pass just inside the Biggleswade half, he evaded 5 home defenders as he progressed to the edge of the box, a turn inside left 2 defenders on the floor and a curling finish into the top right-hand corner left Donkin no chance as the lead became 5.
Royston continued to look threatening, as the hard-working performance continued throughout and they restricted Biggleswade to just one meaningful effort on target that was well-saved by Joe Welch in the 89th minute. Indeed, it was Biggleswade who finished the livelier, having their best spell of the game in the closing minutes, but the Crows stood firm to continue their promising start to the season.
Royston: 1-Welch, 2-Scott-Morriss, 3-Newton, 4-Bridges, 5-Murray, 6-Brathwaite © (15-Crowther 17), 7-Asafu-Adjaye, 8-Green (16-Rotimi 62), 9-Adams (12-Newman 69), 10-Bateman, 11-Ofosu
Unused: 14-Gallin, 17-Joseph
MOM: Claudio Ofosu
|ROYSTON TOWN||BIGGLESWADE TOWN|
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|15||FREE KICKS AWARDED||12|