FOOTBALL: ASSISTANT manager Danny Finlay praised Rugby Borough’s first half efforts as they cruised to a 7-0 win against Lutterworth Town reserves.
Borough maintained their six-point cushion at the top of the table following the win as they strolled past their local rivals at Kilsby Lane.
Borough raced out of the blocks and won a free-kick in the second minute on the edge of the penalty area.
Kane Finney met Alex Webb’s swinging delivery, though his effort went just over the bar.
It didn’t take Rugby long to open the scoring though as Adam Shaw’s looping header from Luke Pritchard’s inviting cross found its way into the back of the net on seven minutes.
The lead was soon doubled when a weighted pass from Ryan Byrne found Shaw, who neatly tucked the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
Darren Tank’s men added a third on 24 minutes as Webb bundled home a strike after some strong build up play from Gerard McGahey.
Still inside the half hour mark, Borough made it four through Shaw – who rounded the keeper before putting away his 30th league goal of the season to make it 4-0.
The hosts added a fifth just before the interval as Luke Pritchard connected sweetly from a loose ball, unleashing an unstoppable 25-yard screamer which rifled into the top corner.
There was still time for Borough to make it 6-0 before the break as Gerard McGahey struck at the second time of asking to put the hosts in cruise control at half-time.
Borough lost their spark in the second half though as Town’s reserves restricted them to one-goal only when Shaw converted from the spot.
Danny Finley said: “We were superb in the first half – it was arguably the best 45 minutes of football we have played all season.
“It was difficult to get motivated in the second half, they frustrated us and kept their shape well.
“But in my eyes we had killed the game off inside the first 30 minutes.
“Adam Shaw was clinical in front of goal today and overall it was a solid performance from every individual out there.”
Finley was also quick to speak highly of new recruit Arron Francis, who came on as a late substitute.
He said: “Arron put in a good shift.
“His arrival adds more competition for places in attack and gives us a regular attacking option. He potentially provides traits that perhaps others don’t have.”