2nd Jun, 2020

Borough sign off season with Coventry Charity Cup success at Ricoh Arena

Ben Tyler 29th May, 2019

RUGBY Borough are celebrating their second piece of silverware of the season, after lifting the Coventry Charity Cup at Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena, beating Coventry Alvis 2-1 in the final.

The club added to their Leicestershire Senior League Premier League title thanks to a Josh Turton strike and an Alvis own goal, with both goals arriving in the second-half.

Alvis pulled a goal back through Steve McKenna with 25 minutes remaining, but Borough were good value for ending their season on a high.

The fixture was used as an opportunity to highlight knife crime awareness and helped raise funds for the Daniel Kennell Foundation

Dildale Linton hit the bar inside three minutes for Alvis, in an otherwise scrappy opening to the game that was epitomised by a bad challenge on Aiden Print.

Rugby found some success playing down the flanks, but it was Alvis who were forcing the clear openings in the game, drawing Bobbie Biddle into making a low stop.

Borough came back into it, and had a corner cleared off the line, before Linton then saw his strike disallowed down the other end – as the game remained deadlocked going into the half-time break.

It was Rugby who emerged from the dressing rooms the brighter side in the second-half, and promptly took the lead in the 51st minute through Turton, who rifled home an Ollie Chater cut-back from close range.

Turton was at the forefront again two minutes later, as Borough extended their lead, with his shot being turned into the net by an Alvis defender.

To their credit, Alvis dug deep and halved the deficit mid-way through the half, with McKenna arriving at the far post to find the back of the net after Biddle had made an initial save.

Jamie Paye had a chance to seal the victory, but fired over from the edge of the box, whilst Alvis drove a free kick just outside of the area into the Borough wall, which stood firm in the dying minutes of the game.

Borough held on despite five minutes of injury time being indicated, and celebrated long after the referee called for time to hand Rugby the Coventry Charity Cup.

The club have announced that they will be hosting a pre-season tournament in August for junior sides – from U6, up to U12 level.

Individual tournaments for the different age groups will be hosted across two weekends, August 10 and 11, and August 17 and 18, at Borough’s Kilsby Lane home.

Forms to sign up are available on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and will start at £30 per team for entry.

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