FOOTBALL - Valley held to draw by March Town - The Rugby Observer

FOOTBALL - Valley held to draw by March Town

Rugby Editorial 7th Mar, 2023 Updated: 7th Mar, 2023   0

LOYISO Recci scored and was later sin binned as Rugby Town were held to a 2-2 draw by March Town United in a frantic encounter.

Recci opened the scoring late in the first half before an own goal brought them level in the second period after March Town completed an impressive turnaround early in the second period at Butlin Road.

The result means Rugby lead the United Counties League Premier Division South by 12 points although the teams below them have at least two games in hand.

Rugby took the lead on 42 minutes when captain Recci powerfully headed between the goalkeeper’s legs at the back post from Ryan Seal’s corner.

However, March equalised five minutes after the break as United skipper Danny Emmington curled in a superb free-kick from 25-yards out off the underside of the crossbar.

And the visitors completed the turnaround on the hour mark when Jack Friend netted from close range after Valley goalkeeper Matt Hill made a good initial save but could only parry the ball into the scorer’s path.

The home side restored parity five minutes later when Edwin Ahenkorah’s shot hit a United defender and was deemed to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.

Despite Recci being sent to the sin bin on 74 minutes for dissent, Valley held firm to come away with a point and draw with March for the second time this season.

Rugby are next in action away at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, March 11 with kick-off at 3pm at Bearscroft Lane.

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