FOOTBALL - Wilson hat-trick helps Valley return to winning ways against Long Buckby - The Rugby Observer

FOOTBALL - Wilson hat-trick helps Valley return to winning ways against Long Buckby

Rugby Editorial 28th Feb, 2023 Updated: 1st Mar, 2023   0

JORDAN Wilson scored a hat-trick as Rugby Town returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Long Buckby to secure a 10th successive away win in the league.

Wilson opened and completed the scoring at Station Road as Liam Francis doubled Valley’s lead before Edwin Ahenkorah had a last-minute penalty saved.

The result means Rugby lead the United Counties League Premier Division South table by 14 points having played more games than any other team in the division.

Valley made the perfect start, following defeat at home to Desborough last time out, as Wilson opened the scoring on two minutes when he produced a clinical finish from Ahenkorah’s low cross.

And Rugby doubled their lead on 18 minutes when Francis leapt to head home his fifth goal of the season from Luke English’s long throw.

Wilson scored his second of the game on 43 minutes when he thumped an effort into the corner after he brought down a long pass in the penalty area to all but seal the points.

And Wilson completed his hat-trick on 73 minutes as the striker was on hand to finish after Loyiso Recci’s shot from Caine Elliott’s through ball was parried into the scorer’s path.

Valley should have added to their lead late on when Buckby goalkeeper John Meadows brought down Ahenkorah in the box.

And Ahenkorah picked himself up only to see his spot kick saved by Meadows as he became the fifth Valley player to miss a penalty this season.

Rugby are next in action at home to March Town United on Saturday, March 4 with kick-off at 3pm at Butlin Road.

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