FOOTBALL - Rugby Town edge out Coventry United to take derby spoils - The Rugby Observer
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19th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Town edge out Coventry United to take derby spoils

A second-half own goal from Harry Sawyer handed Rugby Town a 1-0 win against local rivals Coventry United.

 

Sawyer put through his own net on 62 minutes to settle the tie in blustery conditions at Butlin Road.

 

The result means Rugby remain fourth in the United Counties League Premier Division South table, 11 points off the top.

 

Rugby dominated proceedings from the off but met Coventry goalkeeper Reece Francis in inspired form as he denied Caine Elliott.

 

And Francis then kept out David Kolodynski’s strike before making a stunning fingertip save to push Dan Summerfield’s volley onto the bar.

 

Valley spurned more chances before the break when Danico Johnson shot wide before Edwin Ahenkorah and Kolodynski both failed to break the deadlock when well-placed.

 

And James Hancocks and Johnson both fired off target early in the second-half before Rugby finally made the breakthrough.

 

Kolodynski released Elliott who produced an excellent low cross that was inadvertently turned into his own net by Sawyer under pressure from Johnson.

 

The goal sparked the visitors into action as Ash Bodycote made a routine save from Konnor Frankton’s flicked header.

 

And Coventry almost came away with a point when Brian Ndlovu muscled Bodycote off the ball in the box only for Jamal Clarke to clear away his goalbound effort.

 

Valley could have settled the game late on only for Elliott to lash over after he burst into the Coventry penalty area.

 

Rugby are next in action at home to Bugbrooke St Michaels on Saturday, February 5 with kick-off at 3pm at Butlin Road.

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