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28th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Borough remain top after scrappy wins

RUGBY Borough battled to a pair of scrappy wins against Ashby Ivanhoe Knights and ProChance Football Academy respectively to remain in the driving seat in their fight for the title.

Borough edged out Ashby Ivanhoe 1-0 last midweek before then shading a seven-goal thriller 4-3 against ProChance to remain top of the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division.

Rugby are two points clear of title rivals Allexton and New Parks with two games in hand.

And Lewis Commins grabbed the game’s only goal against the Knights in difficult conditions to claim a vital three points.

However, Borough made hard work of ProChance last weekend despite Charlie Whiteside and Josh Thompson handing the visitors a two-goal lead at the break.

Rugby’s young opponents scored twice in quick succession to draw level before Ash Piper restored Borough’s lead when he beat the offside trap before sliding an effort underneath the goalkeeper.

ProChance equalised again to set up a tense finale only for Ryan Palmer’s bullet header to save Borough’s blushes and clinch another crucial victory.

Manager Dan Carter said: “I’m disappointed to be honest. Over the last five or six weeks we haven’t got going, we are just doing enough to win games.

“I could look for excuses; we have a massive injury list with seven starters missing for the last few weeks or so, but the lads in the squad have been good all season so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is going on.

“I may have been a bit hasty recently with changes, trying to be loyal and get lads game time, when in reality I should just get the job done, but we live and learn.”

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