RUGBY TOWN: Round-up of Under 8s games

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Tigers, Pumas and Lions in action

U8s: Rugby Town Tigers v Dunton & Broughton Rangers

Captain Justin led by example with a great midfield display both going forward and defending which restricted the opponents opportunities. The opening goal came from a throw in which Stanley controlled before shooting low beyond the keeper. Stanley added to his tally after a blistering shot from Oscar proved too strong for the keeper, a good poachers goal. Rangers came back at the Tigers but some good performances in midfield from Jack L, Jack C and Fletch meant Thomas in goal was rarely troubled.

Oscar scored two great long range free kicks, the first sweetly struck into the top corner, the second hit from almost the halfway line. A throw in from Justin to Stanley allowed him to complete a deserved hatrick, then a 25-yard cross by Justin was volleyed in by Thomas on the run. A solid defensive performance from William and Toby in goal when called upon.

U8s: Rugby Town Pumas v Groby Juniors (Sponsored by Ball Packaging Ltd): Pumas faced a formidable opponent in Groby Juniors. They are a team full of academy players and were a very strong side. It soon became apparent that it was going to be a long day and Rugby’s defensive qualities would be severely tested on an extremely large pitch, which suited their hosts.

Pumas spent long periods without the ball and defending galantly for their lives. Special mentions this week go to Charlie, who ran his heart out for the team in an all-action display. Leo C worked his socks off in defence and added a bit of quality when Rugby had possession and almost scored with a superb long-range effort.

Full credit to Gabriel who put in a tough shift at left back against a really skilful player. Tough day for the boys, but well done for sticking at it and not giving up.

U8s: Rugby Town JFC Lions v Cosby Athletic: Sponsored by Managed Waste Solutions - Defences came out on top during a hard fought game as the Lions visited Cosby. The Lions showed more attacking prowess than the home side which saw goalkeeper William go the entire first half without touching the ball! Josh, Max, Ollie and Captain Oliver all looked to unlock the home defence with good runs but were restricted to long distance efforts.

The second half saw William and Max swap over the gloves and Max was called into action producing two fine saves.

At the other end Kaie began to influence the midfield and William’s mazy runs began to trouble the home team. With time running out the home team sparked into life. They were kept at bay by Owen’s superb tackling, excellent defensive covering from Josh and Ollie and a last ditch penalty area tackle from Thomas when the home attacker seemed certain to score.

The full round-up of other age groups is in this week’s Rugby Advertiser (November 15 edition)