FOOTBALL - Rugby Borough slip to draw in eight-goal thriller with Northfield Emerald - The Rugby Observer
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20th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Borough slip to draw in eight-goal thriller with Northfield Emerald

RUGBY BOROUGH twice came from two goals down to draw 4-4 with Northfield Emerald in an eight-goal thriller.


Halim Halim struck twice for Borough in the first-half before Dale Linton and Charlie Whiteside completed Rugby’s second comeback of the game.


The result means Borough remain second in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division table, four points off the top with five games in-hand.


Rugby were two goals behind within the opening 10 minutes after some poor defending allowed the visitors to tap home before Bobbie Biddle’s slip allowed Northfield to double their lead.


However, the home side responded when Linton squared for Halim to fire into the corner before the latter doubled his tally two minutes later after Brennan King won the ball in midfield.


Northfield regained the lead on the half hour mark when a visiting player burst through three tackles before firing into the top corner.


And the visitors restored their two-goal lead soon after when Dante Naute-Brown squeezed the ball over the line to double his tally for the game.


The home side ended an extraordinary first-half with their third goal when Lee Thomas passed to Linton who found the corner to reduce the deficit.


And Borough drew level for the second time when Whiteside’s header beat the Northfield goalkeeper from Tommy Glasscoe’s corner in the second-half.


Rugby were unable to find a winner as they dropped points for the second game in succession, having won their previous 16 league fixtures.


Borough are next in action in a top of the table clash against leaders Allexton and New Parks on Saturday, February 5 with kick-off at 3pm at New College Leicester.


Elsewhere, Rugby’s reserves were beaten 3-0 by second-place Aylestone Park Reserves at Kilsby Lane this past weekend.


The wind caused havoc for the Borough defence in the opening exchanges as Aylestone took the lead inside two minutes.


And the visitors doubled their lead after the break despite Rugby having grown into the game after being second best for much of the first-half.


Rugby’s Zidane Mistry tested the Aylestone keeper on a few occasions only for the stopper to keep Borough at bay.


And Rugby were caught on the counter as they pushed for a goal which allowed Aylestone to deservedly grab their third and wrap up the game.


The Reserves entertain Bottesford on Saturday, February 5 with kick-off at 2pm at Kilsby Lane.

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