Rugby Town 3
Smiths Wood U18s 1
History was made by Rugby Town JFC with a visit booked to the County FA headquarters to play in the club’s first ever County Cup final.
This was a very tough semi-final against a tall and strong Smiths Wood team. They used the long ball - and who wouldn’t with a 6ft 7in centre forward? That style was pitted against Rugby’s pass and move.
The first half was goalless, with both teams missing great chances, and it was goalkeeper Connor Shaw who kept Rugby level with his dominance in his penalty box.
Town started the second half at a gallop, and soon went ahead with Harry Pawsey crossing for Shane Osborne to drive home from the far edge of the box.
Soon after it was Pawsey again who this time hit a corner into the box for Corey Bains to head home.
Smiths Wood then piled on the pressure and won corner after corner. It was then only a matter of time before such a tall team scored from one of them.
But this in turn just inspired Rugby to seek out a third goal, and it was Elliot Hull who took the ball through two or three players to cross to Shaun Smith, whose shot was blocked. The ball then fell to top goal scorer Nic Evangelins who slid in to find the back of the net.
Smiths Wood then threw all caution out of the window and in truth Rugby should have had a couple more goals as they remained dangerous on the break.
Well done to all of the team and coaching staff - you will go down in the club’s history.
n The County Cup final will be played at Ray Hall Lane, Birmingham, on Sunday April 29 with a 1pm kick-off.