BRIDGES LAYS CROWS’ PATH

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By An­drew Madaras

ROYS­TON Town’s pro­duc­tive five-minute pe­riod in the first half de­ter­mined their com­fort­able vic­tory over Dunstable.

Dunstable never gave up and tried their best to give their higher-placed league op­po­nents a chal­leng­ing af­ter­noon.

Goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the away side were mostly dealt with by Dunstable keeper Casey Harker, who re­turned to the side af­ter a two-month ab­sence due to in­jury, show­ing ex­em­plary han­dling all game.

But he was pow­er­less to stop Roys­ton get­ting on the score­sheet, first through man-of-the-match Scott Bridges while Adam Mar­riott fol­lowed suit soon af­ter.

A Bridges free-kick on the hour-mark made it 3-0 to wrap up the game, while Mar­riott got a sec­ond of his own from 12 yards af­ter a foul in the area.

And the same man wrapped up not only the con­test, but also his won­der­ful hat-trick with just ten min­utes to go, fin­ish­ing crisply from a lobbed ball.

But it was Bridges who was in­stru­men­tal in Roys­ton's win in a game which was played in a com­pet­i­tive but fair man­ner by two sides who like to play foot­ball on the floor, but showed dif­fer­eng qual­ity with it.

Roys­ton will be happy with their win, but Dunstable know bet­ter days lie ahead. STAR MAN: Scott Bridges (Roys­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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