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Royston Town
Slough Town
Tue 24 Apr 19:45 - League Kickoff 19:45

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The match will take place at Garden Walk, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 7HP on Tuesday 24th April at 19h45

This match was originally scheduled to take place on 27th February. Since then, Rebels have played 11 away league fixtures, winning 8 including their last 6, and drawing twice. Their two solitary goals defeats being against play-off rivals king's Lynn Town and Weymouth.

Following two seasons as Southern Central divisional runners-up (2014/15 and 2015/16) when they were beaten at home in the play-off semi finals, the Crows made sure of success last term by winning the Southern Central division championship.

They have enjoyed success again this term and for much of the time looked to be play-off outsiders. However six away defeats in their last eight outings away from home have extinguished these hopes. In contrast, their home performances have been very good and they have only been beaten twice (by Chesham United and Weymouth) in their last 19 league fixtures at Garden Walk.

League record:
P44 Home W16 D2 L4; Away W8 D3 L11 GF83 GA59 - points 77. Position 6th

Home: L 1 - 2 Stratford Town, D 1 - 1 Dunstable Town, L 1 - 4 Hereford, W 2 - 0 King's Lynn Town, W 2 - 1 St. Ives Town, W 3 - 0 Frome Town, W 4 - 3 Farnborough, W 2 - 1 Redditch United, W 3 - 1 Dorchester Town, W 2 - 1 Hitchin Town, W 3 - 0 Tiverton Town, W 5 - 0 Gosport Borough, L 0 - 2 Chesham United, W 2 - 1 St. Neots Town, L 1 - 2 Weymouth, W 4 - 3 Kettering Town; W 4 - 0 Kings Langley; W 5 - 1 Merthyr Town; W 4 - 2 Bishop's Stortford; W 1 - 0 Basingstoke Town; D 1 - 1 Banbury United; W 4 - 0 Biggleswade Town

Away: W 0 - 1 Farnborough, W 2 - 3 Gosport Borough, L 0 - 1 Hitchin Town, L 1 - 2 Merthyr Town, L 1 - 3 St. Neots Town, W 1 - 2 Chesham United, D 1 - 1 Stratford Town, L 0 - 4 King's Lynn Town, D 1 - 1 Biggleswade Town, L 0 - 3 Banbury United, D 0 - 0 Basingstoke Town, W 0 - 3 Bishop's Stortford, W 0 - 5 Dunstable Town, W 1 - 4 Frome Town; L 3 - 0 Weymouth, L 1 - 0 Kings Langley; L 4 - 1 Kettering Town; L 1 - 0 Dorchester Town; W 1 - 3 St. Ives Town, L 2 - 0 Hereford; L 1 - 0 Redditch United; W 1 - 2 Tiverton Town

Their average home attendance is 262 (17th place) and their leading goal scorer is Adam Marriott with 27 league goals, including 5 penalties - the third highest scorer in the division.

Royston Town were knocked out of the F.A. Cup in the 2nd Round Qualifying by Braintree Town (Southern South, level 6) 1 - 2 at home having held their higher placed visitors 2 - 2 in Essex. In the previous round they beat fellow Southern Premier rivals Dunstable Town 2 - 0 at home.

The Crows had a good-ish run in the F.A. Trophy, winning their 1st Round Qualifying tie 2 - 0 at home against Enfield Town (Isthmian Premier, level 7), then another Isthmian Premier team, Leatherhead 3 - 2 at home in the next round. They fell in the 3rd Round Qualifying against Eastbourne Borough (Conference South, level 6) 3 - 4 in a penalty shoot-out after drawing the home replay 2 - 2 after extra time, following a 1 - 1 draw in Sussex.

In the Southern League Cup, Royston Town beat Barton Rovers 2 - 0, at home, in the First Round; then Kempston Rovers 6 - 1, also at home in the Second Round. However Royston were then expelled from the competition for having fielded an ineligible player in their second round tie.

Rebels have played Royston Town in Southern Central seasons 2012/13 when both teams just failed to make the play-offs with Slough Town finishing in 6th place, one place ahead of Royston Town - both teams winning their respective home fixture 3 - 1 (at Slough) and 2 - 0 (at Royston). The following season saw Rebels promoted via the play-offs having finished in 5th place while Crows, once again, just failed in their play-off bid finishing 7th. This time, Rebels achieved the double, winning 2 - 1 at home and 1 - 0 away.
This is the first encounter between the clubs this season with the return fixture at Slough next Saturday, the last match of the regular season

Bookies odds:-
Match:- Royston Town win 14/5 ; Draw 3/1 ; Slough Town win 7/10

Prediction: Royston Town 1 - 2 Slough Town
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