FOOTBALL: RUGBY Borough faced their toughest test of the season so far on Saturday when they hosted UCL Premier Division side Daventry in a local derby.
Borough struck first in the fifth minute as Alex Webb’s deflected shot from outside the box found the back of the net.
Minutes later Daventry replied from a short corner which was also deflected.
Spectators didn’t have to wait long for the game’s third goal as Tommy Berwick scored for borough on ten minutes – only for Daventry to level two minutes later when Adam Confue converted.
A fifth goal on 18 minutes saw Daventry take a one-goal advantage, and they didn’t look back from there.
Dan Hazell produced a good save to prevent Daventry extending their lead further as they took hold of the game proper.
However Rugby failed to clear a free kick and Daventry scored their fifth goal in the 40th minute as Nugent netted.
Alex Webb got one back for the home side before half time though as he curled a right footed shot past the keeper.
Early on in the second half, Rugby went close twice with efforts from Tommy Berwick and Sam Lockley.
But they had to wait for the 56th minute for the fourth goal by Gerard Mcgahey after a superb pass from Tommy.
Rugby were now matching their opponents from three levels higher in the pyramid.
Soon after Daventry received a red card but it remained 11 v 11 – enhancing the friendly fixture between local rivals.
A flow of substitutions followed but so did the goals as Daventry scored two more – taking the score to 4-7.
Sam Lockley then put away his fifth preseason goal with a delightful chip from a Ryan Byrne pin point pass as the game ended 5-7.