Royston win lifts Magpies’ morale

SSML Premier Division Royston Town 0 Colney Heath 1 COLNEY Heath boss Scott Lacey was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways at Royston Town on Saturday following back-to-back defeats. Ian Cooper latched onto Kevin Ashwood s pass to fire home

SSML Premier Division

Royston Town 0 Colney Heath 1

COLNEY Heath boss Scott Lacey was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways at Royston Town on Saturday following back-to-back defeats.

Ian Cooper latched onto Kevin Ashwood's pass to fire home the only goal of the game three minutes after the break at Garden Walk.


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"We had everyone back and it showed," Lacey told the Herts Advertiser.

"Both sides played in the right manner despite the difficult conditions. We changed our game plan because teams had worked us out and it worked.

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"We looked like our old selves back when we were doing well in November.

"It was a great team performance and it's a happy camp again."

Royston had given debuts to three new defenders and included recent acquisition Russell Bull and Lacey believes the Crows were a better side than they face back in September.

"They've bought in some new players and they're probably a better side than the one we played earlier in the season."

Magpies' goalkeeper Tom Blackman was called into action late on to ensure Heath left with all three points.

"Towards the end we were hesitant which was probably the result of a couple of defeats.

"Tom Blackman made two superb one-on-one saves but that's what your goalkeeper is there to do."

Lacey praised his side for their character after he'd criticised them in recent weeks.

"All credit to the lads I've given them stick in recent weeks but they've responded and put in a performance."

Cooper's goal on Saturday was his 27th of the season and Lacey was pleased to see his leading marksmen back on the scoresheet.

"He hasn't scored from open play for a while. He's scored a lot of penalties which he's claimed he's made himself and to be fair he probably has but it was nice for him to score from open play.

"It was a really good game for a manager - a 1-0 away win and good team performance - but it means nothing if we don't beat Dunstable on Saturday.

"We've got to get a run together and if we can beat Dunstable it'll set us up nicely."

Colney Heath: Blackman, Teasdale, Dillnutt, Gerber, Dowling, Beaumont, Ashwood, Coombs, Jackman, Cooper, Armstrong. Subs: Stevens, Awad, Chaves, Perrin, Lacey.

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