|Date||Saturday 7 January 2012|
|Match||Royston Town v Leverstock Green
|Competition||Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League: Premier Division
|Royston Scorers||K. Fehmi, Robins, Matt Standen, O.G.|
|Man of Match||Carl Edwards
The Crows continued their fine run of form making this potentially difficult game on paper look fairly comfortable with a 4-0 margin. This was a third consecutive clean sheet for Paul Attfield's side with 19 goals scored in the last 4 games. Leverstock came into the game woth just one defeat in six outings.
The Crows Manager restored John McGrandles to the heart of his defence after a two match absence with Joe Clemo dropping to the bench. Martin Standen was serving a one game ban otherwise the team was that which defeated Biggleswade United 7-0 on Monday.
As in other games of late Royston started with terrific intent. In the first minute they won a free kick out wide with Ryan Lockett's far post delivery finding John McGrandles whose close range half volley was kept ot by a combination of keeper's hand and a post.
Minutes later Kaan Fehmi received the ball on the left of the area, cut inside and unleashed a shot that beat the keeper all ends up but also just flashed wide of his far post.
Royston continued to control the game, winning early corners and throw-ins around the area and deservedly took an 11th minute lead. A good move down the right side ot the pitch ended with Tom Malins crossing, while defenders hesitated with dealing with the cross Kaan Fehmi nipped between the two to poke home from eight yards.
Plenty of home possession allowed The Crows to dominate territory but mid-way through the half they were warned against any complacency when Insley surged into the box and squared but, with no visiting player quick enough to react, Jason Beck scrambled the ball clear.
Royston had the next clear chance when a quick counter attack and one-two between Matt Standen and Fehmi released Fehmi but his first time 18 yard effort was acrobatically tipped over by Tasker in goal.
For all the home side's possession they otherwise struggled to create and The Green finished the half the stronger. A five minute period of sustained pressure revolving around some controlled long throws and good crossing caused some nervy moments but no clear chances were created and The Crows went into the interval with a merited lead.
The second half continued with Royston on top with two very good early chances. A Ryan Lockett cross found its way to Ross Collins ten yard out, who volleyed just wide and a cross from the right hand side from Tom Malins saw John McGrandles get ahead of his marker but he couldn't get enough on the header and it went a couple of yards wide.
Leverstock's best chance came from a long keeper clearace that eluded The Crow's back line and the quick forward raced into the area but carelessly shot well wide of goal.
That was as good as it got for the vistors chance-wise with Will Norris largely untroubled and not having to make a meaningful save for his team.
Whilst continuing to control proceedings Paul Attfield's side just lacked a cutting edge but the introduction of Luke Robins soon changed that situation.
On 77 minutes the winger reacted quicker to Carl Edward's angled ball than the full back and unleased an unstoppable 18 yard drive high into the goal giving Tasker no chance.
Robins was then pivotal in the third goal five minute later, receiving the ball out wide he knocked in what should have been a simple cross for the keeper to claim but inexpicably under no pressure the visiting stopper spilled the ball over the goalline.
With the visitors now clearly deflated The Crows played the final ten minutes applying severe pressure and were rewarded when Matt Standen beat the offside trap to round Tasker and score from a tight angle to wrap up an impressive final margin of vicory and three more points.
Team: Norris, Endacott (Clemo), Bradshaw, McGrandles, Beck, Collins, Edwards, Malins, Matt Standen, Lockett (Robins), Fehmi (Young) Unused: Lawrence, Redford