Narrow defeat for Valley away at Newcastle Town - The Rugby Observer

Narrow defeat for Valley away at Newcastle Town

Steve Carpenter 3rd Apr, 2017 Updated: 6th Apr, 2017   0

Newcastle Town 1-0 Rugby Town

Evostik NPL – South Division

Match report by Jon Venner

FOOTBALL: VALLEY were on the wrong end of a single goal margin game once more, when substitute Jordan Cole struck for the hosts halfway through the second period.

Fourth placed Castle gained revenge for their defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, with Cole’s winner settling a game which surprisingly lacked intensity considering the positions of the two teams in action.

Rugby made one enforced change from the previous weekend’s narrow home defeat to Witton, with midfielder Toby Fura making a first start for the club in place of the injured Kyle Rowley.

It was a very quiet opening half though, with Newcastle probably carrying the greater attacking threat, although apart from Levi Rowley’s goal-line challenge to deny Tim Sanders, there was little goalmouth action to report.

For the visitors, Mason Rowley headed Mitchell Thomson’s corner well over the bar, whilst Newcastle’s James Askey did likewise in the lead-up to interval.

The game did open up a little after the restart though, and Valley keeper Louis Connor was soon dealing with another header – this time from Chris Baker.

Rugby then put in their most threatening spell of the game, and their best opportunity of it came when David Kolodynski created a chance from nothing with Thomson ultimately heading Fura’s cross over from a decent position.

Fura himself then had home keeper Harry Pickering scrambling across goal at full stretch after the midfielder’s first time strike from twenty yards – but the ball drifted just wide.

The deadlock was broken on 68 minutes when Cole squeezed Baker’s pull-back under Connor, and almost immediately Connor pulled out a great save to deny Cole a second by tipping his header to a Danny Cocks’ cross onto the bar.

Cole had another goalbound effort blocked on the line by Mason Rowley after Connor had again done well to keep out Lee Cropper’s shot, whilst Kolodynski’s speculative strike from distance – which was comfortably gathered by Pickering – was the closest the visitors came to salvaging a point.

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