Gritty U11s take on cup side 38 places higher

Rugby Town U9s Lions
Rugby Town U9s Lions

U9s: Rugby Town U9 Lions 2 (sponsored by Nature Trails Day Nursery) Oadby Owls Barnys 3: On a cold, frosty morning, after much discussion the game got underway. Ethan scored a fabulous long-range shot within the first few seconds.

Oadby soon equalised and whilst Tyler made some great saves, Oadby scored again. Aaron took a knock and had to be substituted for a few minutes.

While the Lions reshuffled Oadby made it 3-1. Once the Lions had regrouped Ethan scored his second of the game.

During the second half Dominic was passed the ball from Ethan, who had dribbled past several players.

Dominic’s shot at goal unfortunately bounced back off the crossbar.

The game continued with end to end play and with both teams playing really well.

Despite chances, no more goals were scored and the game ended 3-2.

Ethan was awarded man of the match because of his team work and excellent footwork on the ball.

U11s: Cup round 2: Rugby Town Colts 2 (Sponsored by Autoenrolment.com and Stobarts) Leamington Brakes 6: Colts bowed out of the cup with their heads held high after a gritty performance against opponents currently sitting 38 places above them in the league.

Brakes’ showed their class early on to race into a 3-0 lead, but Colts rallied as Freddie Stephenson and Taylor Pearson began to marshal the home defence.

Colts then sparked to life as Callum Arnold released Nathan Bwalya to steer home, and the striker was unlucky not to get a second minutes later as his shot came back off the post.

Rugby were twice caught out by long balls over the top in the second half as the visitors extended their advantage.

But Colts refused to give up, and were rewarded with Dionrae Reid’s first goal of the season - a thunderous drive from the edge of the penalty area that cannoned-in off the underside of the crossbar.

MJPL U12s: Stratford Town 6 Rugby Town 0: Rugby Town, sponsored by Sewell Brothers Building & Moserve, made the short trip to Stratford. Town weren’t switched on when Stratford scored two early goals.

Town then settled after the goals and created a couple of chances of their own, but couldn’t produce an end product.

Stratford added a third before half time. In the second half Town tried to get back into the game but Stratford pushed on, adding a further three goals to leave Town facing a bad day at the office.

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U12s: Whitley Juniors 2 Rugby Town Boys 1: The U12 Boys, sponsored by XyPlan, were knocked out of the cup after a narrow defeat.

Despite having only ten players the Boys started the stronger team with Owain Griffiths making numerous breaks from the back. Stand-in keeper Jake Linton had a great first half but was beaten by a good finish. Samuel Collins had a great game at right back.

The Boys went two down early in the second half. When Whitley threated again, Owen Hughes made some superb tackles and Luke Linton saved a rare shot on target.

George Harrison and Rhys Turner impressed in midfield, covering back and supporting attacks.

Late in the game Saul Bayliss finished well to set up an exciting finale. In the last action of the game Tom Woodward broke clear and crossed to Reagan Jones whose shot was well saved.

U16s: Rugby Town Boys (Sponsored by Porta – Bubble Hot Tubs, Hi-Speed Couriers and Bradley Electrical) 7 Cubbington Albion 1: Rugby Town Boys welcomed Cubbington Albion to their first visit to a bitterly cold Kilsby Lane on Sunday and soon took the lead by a typical goal from Matty Gibbard showing his predatory instincts.

Although Cubbington soon equalised, the Boys extended their lead with Jake Cross, Alex Lection and Gibbard again (twice) scoring to ensure that the two own goals from Cubbington were academic.

A comprehensive victory over spirited and sporting opponents well refereed by Tom Williams.

n Four winners each collected £275 in Rugby Town JFC’s lottery this week. They were: B.Turner, C.Bayliss, C.Stevenson and P.Baxter.