Rugby Town 0-1 Loughborough Dynamo
Crucial away win for Dynamo
Dynamo secured their first double and only second away win of the season with this hard fought victory over Rugby Town.
On a hard bumpy surface with the ball often deceiving the players with an unpredictable bounce this game was never going to be a classic and so it proved with very little good football played by either team.
Dynamo started the game strongly and won their first of many corners after 4mins, Louis Keenan delivered but the ball was well collected by Rugby stopper Louis Conner. Only two mins later and Dynamo should have taken an early lead when Jack Beckett's shot was blocked and fell kindly to Dynamo front man Ashley Hodgkinson who scuffed his shot when well placed. Dynamo were not to be denied and on 20 mins Keenan's free kick was headed out to Tom Rigby whose first time ball was headed into the path of Beckett who drove the ball past Conner to give Dynamo a deserved lead. Rugby came back into the game and Ryan Quinn's shot was well saved by debutant keeper Scott Wardley before Rugby's top scorer David Kolodynski blasted wildly over the bar from 20yds. The last chance of the first period fell to Rugby's Mason Rowley who shot straight at Wardley.
The second period started with both teams playing the ball behind the opposing defence with little effect. Rugby began to exert pressure with a number of long throws but Carl Sibson and Jack Andrews held firm. Tevin Shakespeare was proving a tricky winger and he set up Chris Sterling who only found the side netting. Shakespeare then had a shot saved by Wardley before Dynamo found themselves down to 10 men when Roger Lee received his second yellow card for an innocuous challenge. For the last 12 mins Dynamo had their backs to the wall but still created the best two chances. On 82 mins Keenan's free kick fell to Casey Castle who passed to Hodgkinson his shot just wide of Rugby's goal. Castle then found himself with a one on one with Connor, the Rugby keeper winning that battle. In time added Shakespeare put over a teasing cross but Mitchell Thompson could only head over Dynamo's crossbar. The referee calling time following 5 mins added.
Report by Brian Springthorpe