Unbeaten start to the season
U21s: Quinton 1 Rugby Town 8: Rugby Town travelled to Quinton in the Birmingham cup hoping to carry on their impressive 540 minutes without conceding a goal and unbeaten start to this year’s campaign.
Rugby started the game really well, passing the ball around and creating the clear cut opportunities in the opening few minutes. The pressure finally paid off when McGinley played a through ball to Rawlings which was his first game since his trial at Crewe Alexandra and scored a lovely chip over the goalkeeper. He then made it 2-0 and 3-0 and completed his first half hat-trick with Premier League finishing. Adam McGinley made it 4-0 before the break and Quinton got on the score sheet when a shot from the edge of the box was deflected in the top right hand corner of the net.
Rugby scored four more in the second half which completed the rout. Goals came from O’Sullivan, Charlie Cook and substitute KB scored two when coming on in the second half to complete an impressive 8-1 victory on the road.
U21s: Rugby Town v Bolehall Swifts: Rugby Town came firing out the blocks against a bare 11 Bolehall side and opened the scoring from a fierce strike from captain Glascoe from 25 yards out. Moments later it was 2-0 when Rawlings beat the offside trap to finish in the top right hand corner to leave the keeper stranded. Bolehall then made a good account of themselves creating a few chances of their own before the break and were unlucky not to go in with at least a goal.
Bolehall then started the second half with 10 men due to injuries and Rugby took huge advantage of this from scoring four goals in a frantic 10 minutes second half. Rawlings scored two which completed his hat trick and McGinley got on the scoresheet to make it 5-0 in the 55th minute.
Bolehall then had another player injured and at this point were reduced to 8 men on the pitch.
Fair play to Bolehall who kept fighting to the end but Rugby scored another three goals before the end Rawlings scoring another two with a total of five. And O’Sullivan finished off the rout with an impressive pile driver form 30 yards out.
U21s: Worcester Olympic 0 Rugby Town 5: Rugby Town travelled to Worcester on a high after an unbeaten start to the season.
Rugby Town started the brighter and got a goal after 12 minutes of play when Callum O’Sullivan finally broke the offside trap and unselfishly squared the ball to KB who was onside to tap home. Five minutes later it was 2 when Callum O’Sullivan had sight of goal from 25 yards out and banged the ball past the struggling Worcester goalkeeper.
Alleyne made it 3-0 before half time when he scored at the back post from a McGinley cross.
Worcester wasted a few opportunities in the second half and deserved to have a least a goal in an impressive second half display. Rugby rounded the game off with two late goals from Adam McGinley and Tom Rawlings.
U21s: Rugby Town 6 Woodbourne 0: Rugby Town looked to continue their impressive home form against a struggling Woodbourne at Kilsby Lane.
Rugby Town started the game really well with creating 5 attacks in the opening three minutes testing the Woodbourne goalkeeper into 3 good saves. It took just a few minutes after that for the deadlock to be broken when Tommy Glascoe played a lovely ball through to the league’s top scorer who scored cutely passed the Woodbourne goalkeeper who could do nothing to stop it.
A minute later it was 2-0 when McGinley fired in from a Alleyne cross. Just before the half an hour mark it was 3 when Tom Rawlings scored yet again from a fierce header at the near post.
Just before half time it was 4 when O Sullivan capped of a great move to finish in the bottom right hand corner. Hats off to Woodbourne who kept fighting to the end and gave a good account of themselves throughout. Rawlings scored 2 more to make it 6-0 before the end.