FOOTBALL: RUGBY Borough boss Darran Tank was left pleased with his side’s performance against Barrow Town reserves after initially trailing by a goal.
Borough were put on the back foot on four minutes after conceding the ball in midfield, allowing the visitors to score a routine goal.
But Borough’s Jack Blackham helped to ignite the home side’s comeback as his strike from a tight angle struck the post before Jamie Paye earned Borough the lead after good build up work from Connor Gamble.
The Rugby lads took the lead in the 28th minute with captain Ryan Byrne curling home a free kick on the corner of the 18-yard box.
Alex Webb’s curling effort stretched Borough’s lead to two goals as the half ended 3-1.
Paye started the scoring in the second half with a superb lobbed effort after a poor clearance from the visiting keeper.
Borough’s back four were defending well as Barrow remained a threat, forcing keeper Logan Maketa to produce a good save with his feet.
Barrow pulled a goal back on 73 minutes with a shot from a tight angle as they looked to get back into the game.
But Borough reacted well, and were awarded a penalty when Luis Corcoran was pushed over in the box. Skipper Ryan Byrne converted, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Two more late goals came from Webb and Paye – who completed his hat-trick – helped cap off a comfortable win.
Borough boss Darran Tank said: “It was disappointing to concede a sloppy early goal, but we responded well to lead at the half.
“Jamie’s hat-trick was superb and Ryan Byrne had a great game in midfield with two goals as well.”
Borough Team: 1 L Maketa 2 J Taplin 3 C Gamble 4 J Henderson 5 J Tank 6 J Lee 7 J Blackham 8 R Byrne (C) 9 J Paye 10 L Corcoran 11 A Webb.