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2017/18 season
U18s: Rugby 2-2 Lye Town
 
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Last Updated 3.30pm
by JOSH HEARNE-WILKINS

Valley finally registered a point and were unlucky not to claim all three.

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Valley started slowly but gradually grew into the game. Jake Whelan rattled the both the bar and the post within the first fifteen minutes of play. Rugby then started to dominate the ball, with expansive play but looked vulnerable to lye towns direct style of play.

Kasey Hughes then let a rocket go that screamed into the top corner from 30 yards out. After this valley continued to dominate the ball and play and started to create openings with ease. Jake Whelan again rattling the bar. Ibrahim kouyate forced an athletic save from the Lye Town keeper in the latter stages of the first half. On the stroke of half time lye town were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men as a through ball was seemingly handled by the last defender.

After the break Valley continued to dominate with free flowing football, but Lye struck back with a forty yard wonderstrike that left Valley keeper Charlie Beck with no chance. Valley responded excellently stringing together a lovely passing move to which Josh Whelan applied a confident finish.

Rugby continued to apply pressure and a mazey run from Ed Geobey eventually drew the foul in the Lye penalty area. Geobey then took the resulting spot-kick himself but it was saved. Lye showed great desire to get back in the game and after doing well to keep the ball alive from a freekick got their reward with an equaliser from an acrobatic overhead kick.

Valley youth battled hard until the final whistle but will be slightly disappointed not to be taking all the points. Overall though a strong performance and a positive base to build on.

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