Two goals from Rankin keep up title chase
PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY
Two second-half goals from Lewis Rankin saw Rugby Town to a 2-1 victory over 15th-placed Newport Pagnell in heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday.
Rugby made a slow start and were second best as their hosts went ahead just before half-time, but lost their goalkeeper soon after the break for handling outside the area.
Improving their performance in the second half, Rankin levelled for Rugby in the 71st minute and hit the winner in the 82nd, before Newport Pagnell were awarded their second red card of the game for a late tackle.
Valley remain in second place in the UCL Premier Division, on 38 points, nine behind leaders Daventry with two games in hand. The two meet at Butlin Road on Boxing Day.
In the meantime, this Saturday Rugby Town are away at 12th-placed Wellingborough Town.