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FOOTBALL - Late goal denies Rugby Town point at leaders Spalding

Rugby Editorial 10th Jan, 2024 Updated: 10th Jan, 2024   0

RUGBY Town suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat away at league leaders Spalding United after conceding a late goal.

Valley looked set to pick up a precious point on the road at the Sir Halley Stewart Field only for Spalding’s Glenn Walker to score a fortuitous goal four minutes from time.

And the result means Rugby remain in the Northern Premier League Midlands relegation zone, two points from safety with a game in-hand on Gresley Rovers who sit directly above them in the standings.

Valley withstood long periods of Spalding pressure, limiting the league leaders to few clear-cut chances, before Walker’s attempted cross from the left floated into the top corner.

The visitors almost snatched a point at the death with Jordan Wilson unable to force the ball home from practically on the goalline.

That came after Wilson spurned a glorious chance in the first half, lifting a shot wide of the target when clean through on goal.

And Valley goalkeeper Tomasz Bukowski made a number of fine saves to frustrate the home side before Walker’s late winner.

Rugby are next in action away at Corby Town on Saturday, January 13 with kick-off at 3pm at Steel Park.


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