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Rosser 14'
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Danico Johnson - Rugby Town 5-2 Boston Town - August 2018
Danico Johnson scored another impressive hat-trick, his second in four appearances

Saturday 18 August 2018

Untied Counties League Premier Division
Butlin Road, Rugby
Attendance 175
Valley Star Man

Striker Danico Johnson scored his second hat-trick in four games as Rugby Town dominated Boston Town in the United Counties League Premier Division at Butlin Road.

Carl Adams' side were far from flattered by their five goal haul against Boston, and the margin of victory could easily have been bigger on the day.

Adams made two changes to the starting eleven from the previous weekend's cup victory at Coventry United, with the available again Loyiso Recci restored to the heart of the defence and Richard Bunting also back into the midfield.

Town were on their game from the off, and Keenah Rosser was soon whipping in a dangerous cross from the right which was just beyond the reach of Charlie Evans.

Johnson put a free-kick from the edge of the area into the arms of Boston keeper James Lambley, before he squared the ball across the face of the goal to provide Rosser with the opportunity to give Rugby the lead with a neatly-taken finish at the far post on 14 minutes.

Lambley did well to keep out a Richard Blythe header shortly after as the hosts' total dominance continued, but the home fans did not have long to wait for a second when Evans got his head on Stefan Blake's driven ball into the box to divert it home.

Johnson powered a volley well-over the target after a long pass by Dominic Perkins had given him a free shot on goal, with the same player then denied by Lambley's legs after Evans had played his strike partner in.

A long range looping header by Simon Ashton had been a rare attacking highlight for the visitors, before their skipper Richard Ford outmuscled Blythe to a ball over the top of the Town defence to run on and slot past Matt Hill.

However Valley's two goal advantage was restored just ahead of the half-time whistle when Johnson scored the first of what proved to be a quickfire treble when he squeezed the ball over the line from a tight angle after his initial cross had been blocked back out to him.

Johnson added Rugby's fourth seven minutes after restart when he guided the ball home after his neat touch had created space for himself inside the box following Blythe's pass.

The chances kept coming the home side's way, with Blake's powerful shot to Johnson's audacious flick-back to him saved by Lambley, Perkins fired one over from fully thirty yards and a Luke Edwards downward header was just tipped over too.

Johnson then completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes when he once more jinked in from the left hand side of the box to finish from a narrow angle.

A further opportunity for Johnson went begging when his shot was deflected wide, with Daniel Kavanagh striking one straight at Lambley and Evans diverting one wide too.

Boston sub Robert Raducan had drawn a rare save by Hill just ahead of a further consolation for the away team, when Scott Coupland completed a well-worked move with a low strike.

The game then slowly drifted to a close, although Rugby sub Harry Holloway twice missed the target with efforts and Blythe nearly squeezed one over the line after he had shown quick feet in the box.

Valley Line-up: Hill; Recci, Perkins, Edwards; Rosser, Kavanagh, Bunting (Thomas), Blythe, Blake (Holloway); Evans, Johnson (Adams). Subs not used: Marsden, Rankin. Booked: Johnson.

Boston line-up: Lambley, Tate, Sparrow, Ashton, Townrow, Ford, Borbely, Walker, Johnson, Coupland, Turki. Subs: Holland, Raducan, Zouka..

Valley Line-up -  Rugby Town 5-2 Boston Town - August 2018
Photos: Martin Pulley
Keenah Rosser - Rugby Town 5-2 Boston Town - August 2018
Keenah Rosser opened his account for the club with the first goal of the game

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