FOOTBALL - Valley pegged back at the death in March Town draw - The Rugby Observer

FOOTBALL - Valley pegged back at the death in March Town draw

Rugby Editorial 4th Oct, 2022 Updated: 4th Oct, 2022   0

RUGBY Town conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 1-1 at March Town United and remain unbeaten in the league season.

Valley looked set to take all three points courtesy of Madundo Semahimbo’s first-half strike only for Craig Gillies to net two minutes into time added on and rescue a point for the hosts at the GER Stadium.

Rugby sit third in the United Counties League Premier Division South table and are the only unbeaten side in the division after seven matches.

Both teams traded chances in the opening exchanges before Rugby spurned the first real opportunity  when Ryan Seal missed the target from 15-yards out.

And Rugby took the lead on 32 minutes when Semahimbo turned his marker and fired low past March goalkeeper Jonah Gill from Seal’s drilled free-kick.

Town looked to double their lead as Dan Summerfield and David Kolodynski both squandered chances before the break.

March were rejuvenated at the start of the second period as Gillies came close to meeting Josh Burrows’ cross before Rugby’s Barry Fitzharris made two crucial interventions to keep Valley ahead.

Rugby responded when Caine Elliott fired into the side netting with no Valley players able to latch onto Summerfield’s inviting cross moments later.

And the visitors should have secured the points when Edwin Ahenkorah teed up Thomas Fielding for what appeared to be a simple finish only for the substitute to inexplicably shoot wide.

March punished Rugby for all of their missed chances when Gillies looped a fortuitous effort beyond Matt Hill in the Valley goal and into the top corner from Danny Emmington’s long ball.

Rugby are next in action against Easington Sports TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 4) with kick-off at 7.45pm at Butlin Road.

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