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Perkins 57'
Ahenkorah 70'

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Desborough Town
Adams 63'

X - Rugby Town x Desborough Town - April 2019
Defender Loyiso Recci challenges for the ball in the first half at a sunny Butlin Road against Desborough

Saturday 20 April 2019

United Counties League Premier Division
Butlin Road, Rugby
Attendance 189
Valley Star Man

Rugby recorded their first Butlin Road victory since February with a narrow win over mid-table Desborough.

Second half goals from Dom Perkins and Edwin Ahenkorah ensured that Valley rounded off their home fixtures for the season with a three point haul in a game which - for the most part - had a distinct end of term feel to it.

Valley boss Carl Adams named an unchanged starting line-up for the match against a visiting side spearheaded by veteran striker Jason Turner - who had previously played for Rugby twice in his long career, including a first appearance for the club nearly twenty years ago.

The hosts showed some early signs of promise, with Eli Bako shooting straight at Desborough keeper Chris Jones, and Simeon Tulloch seeing his strike blocked in the opening exchanges.

The Easter heat then appeared to take its toll on both sets of players and the pace of the game dropped considerably, although Matt Hill did make a low save to Luke Stevens's low effort and Turner floated a dangerous-looking cross past Rugby's goal as the visitors arguably had their most threatening spell of the game.

The best chance of the opening period also fell to Bako, when Jones did well to hold onto his shot after Lewis Rankin had played in his team-mate.

Jones was back in the action shortly after the restart when he tipped away Keenah Rosser's cross, and from the resulting corner Desborough skipper Aaron Davies headed away Tulloch's inswinging delivery from his under his own crossbar.

The opening goal came on 57 minutes, after Jones could only parry Rankin's low free-kick into the path of Perkins - who powered the ball into the roof of the net.

It was nearly two after Rankin's corner led to a goalmouth scramble, but unfortunately a Valley shirt could not apply a telling contact to the ball.

The visitors were soon level though, with Leo Adams punishing Loyiso Recci for a poor clearance by beating Hill low down to his right.

Town responded well to the equaliser and Bako clipped the top of the crossbar from twenty five yards, before Ahenkorah grabbed what turned out to be the winner on 70 minutes when he helped home Rankin's cross.

The same pair also combined again in the next significant attacking play, but this time Ahenkorah headed straight at Jones, with Evans and Tulloch putting in off-target efforts ahead of the game's conclusion.

Valley Line-up: Hill; Recci, Perkins, Francis; Rosser (Holloway), Tulloch, Bako (Thomas), Marsden, Rankin; Evans, Ahenkorah. Subs not used: Connor, Kavanagh, Steele. Booked: None.

Desborough line-up: Jones, Adams, Matthews, Davies, Law, Boath, White, Arnold, Turner, Bradshaw, Stevens. Subs: Morley, Grant, Ramsey.

Valley Lineup - Rugby Town 2-1 Desborough Town - April 2019
Photos: Martin Pulley
Dominic Perkins - Rugby Town 2-1 Desbroough Town - April 2019
Dominic Perkins gave Rugby the lead with his fifth goal of the season

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