RUGBY Borough enjoyed one of the best weeks in the club’s short history, reaching the Coventry Charity Cup final, before romping to a 12-0 victory to extend their lead at the top of the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division.
On Saturday, Borough welcomed lowly Allexton & New Parks to Kilsby Lane, where they simply outclassed their opponents, and surpassed the 100 goal mark for the season in the process.
The club were boosted further by second-placed Saffron Dynamo’s loss to GNG, building their lead at the summit to seven points with just four games remaining for Borough.
Leading by just the three goals at half-time, after Josh Turton’s brace was added to by debutant Jeff Woodward’s screamer, Borough proceeded to go on a second-half goal scoring spree.
Woodward scored the first of an eventual three hat-tricks for the afternoon, with Olly Chater and Turton also finding the net three times apiece.
Adam Shaw netted a brace, whilst Tommy Glasscoe sealed the emphatic win.
Prior to their weekend success, Borough edged Coventry Colliery 3-2 in the Coventry Charity Cup semi-final, setting up a Ricoh Arena showpiece with Coventry Alvis on Wednesday May 22 (7:30pm)
Turton opened the scoring mid-way through the first half, turning and firing home from a Harley Matarutse cross, but were pegged back by Sam Beasley’s own goal.
Ben Nicholson finished from a corner to regain the lead, before Turton’s second with a bullet header presented Rugby with a cushion.
And although Colliery responded with a late goal, it proved mere consolation as Borough get set for the Ricoh.
Commenting on his side’s memorable week, manager Ady Fuller was full of praise for Borough’s excellent season to date.
“Getting to the Ricoh in only our second season is fantastic for the players and the supporters.
“To then play fantastically well on Saturday was the icing on the cake. They are a great bunch and the team spirit is really high.”
The club did receive a blow however amidst the excitement, as their application for promotion to a higher tier next season was withdrawn.
A delay in the planning process meant that the club would not be able to appear at step six of the non-league ladder next season, even if they were to win the league.
Borough hope to end the season with a league title regardless, playing their final home fixture on Saturday (3pm) against fifth-placed Sileby Town – admission is for £3.00 adults and a £1 for concessions.