Sat 22
Rugby Borough FC
1st team
C York (70')
Rugby Borough v Ellistown FC

Rugby Borough v Ellistown FC

By Andrew Grout
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Lack of cutting edge cost Town

Ellistown came away from Rugby knowing they had the chances to give the hosts a real fright.

Credit to Rugby who are finally playing like the Rugby from last season and showed on Tuesday and today they are going after that (assumed) 2nd promotion spot.

Pre-game, everyone was concerned about the wind and while it did blow across the pitch it did not impact the game.

With the benefit of knowing how to play on a 3G, it was no surprise during the 1st half that Rugby had majority of the ball and they played some neat football. Therefore, massive credit goes to the Ellistown team who were compact at the back, tenacious in midfield and through Andy Reid looked dangerous in attack.

In fact, Ellistown should have took the lead when faced with an open goal Callum York made the wrong decision and tried to square the ball instead of smashing it into the net.

Ellistown paid for this miss as 30 seconds before half-time Jeff Woodward tapped home from Alex Webb's cross.

RB 1-0 EFC 45 mins and HT

The 2nd half followed the same patter as the 1st and only an excellent double save from Rugby's Ryan Woodward stopped Ellistown equalising.

Rugby give themselves some breathing space on 58 mins when a wind assisted cross from the dangerous Reece Lydon became a shot as it looped over Kelby Tyers and into back of net.

RB 2-0 EFC 58 mins

Would the expected avalanche of goals follow, the answer was no as Ellistown were rewarded on 70 mins with the goal of the game, as Callum York run at the Rugby defence and let loose a 30 yard thunderbolt that swerved in the wind and nestled into the top left hand corner of the goal.

RB 2-1 EFC 70 mins

The goal should have made for an interesting last 20 mins but town switched off and you can't do that against a good team who through Tom Glasscoe on 72 minutes and Alex Webb on 75 minutes made the game safe.

RB 4-1 EFC 75 mins

These goals summed up why Ellistown are in the bottom 3rd of the league, you can't win games if you don't take your chances.

The game fizzled out after the 4th goal and everyone was grateful for the full-time whistle so we could retreat to the players' lounge.



The result explains why Rugby are looking up and we are looking down. Rugby were more clinical up front.

Town are an improving team and proving to be hard to break down and it's vital we take our improving performances into next week's crucial game v Desford. We know the visiting Desford management team were impressed with Town and would have gone home tonight with plenty to think about for next week's relegation six pointer.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 22, Feb 2020






Everards Brewery Premier Division

League position

Rugby Borough FC
Ellistown FC