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2018/19 SEASON - MATCH REPORT - UCL PREMIER DIVISION - 17 NOVEMBER 2018
Rugby Town

Pinchbeck United

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Rugby Town

Rugby Town
Francis 22'
Rankin 44'
Koriya 90'+1

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Lewis Rankin - Pinchbeck United 0-3 Rugby Town - November 2018
Winger Lewis Rankin made one and scored one - he has now scored seven goals in his last eight league games
 

Saturday 17 November 2018

United Counties League Premier Division
Sir Halley Stewart Field, Spalding
Attendance 108
Valley Star Man
LEWIS RANKIN
by JON VENNER

Rugby Town made it four wins on the trot after they returned from a tetchy encounter in Lincolnshire with another comfortable victory.

The visitors were already ahead through a Liam Francis header, when Pinchbeck were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark - before a further first half strike from Lewis Rankin doubled the lead ahead of the break.

Fazel Koriya's late goal rounded off the scoring for a Valley side that had showed two changes from the previous week's home victory against Sleaford, with Dom Perkins in for the suspended Lewis Hayden, and Trey Brathwaite fit enough again to be restored at full-back.

Rugby started the game strongly, and Charlie Evans was soon testing home keeper Ricky Lovelace with a powerful angled shot after he had played a neat one-two with Danico Johnson.

There were less than five minutes on the clock when a good chance came Johnson's way, but Town's leading scorer's effort was blocked away for a corner after Rankin had picked him out.

A spectacular long range volley by United's Lee Beeson was tipped round the post by Matt Hill, and from Andrew Tidwell's resulting corner Chris Shipley flicked the ball across the face of Hill's goal.

Back-to-back mass altercations on fifteen minutes highlighted the general tone of the opening exchanges though, as the hosts looked to break up play with a number of niggly fouls and subsequent complaints to the officials.

Francis then broke the deadlock when he rose highest at the far post to meet Rankin's deep corner - duly sending it over Lovelace and into the net.

Stefan Blake just failed to execute a near carbon copy attempt to a Rankin set-piece shortly after, before the dismissal of Pinchbeck's Jack Smith for a second yellow card came when he scythed through the back of Johnson - having already been booked in one of the earlier melees.

Evans was thwarted as he was about to shoot following a quick Town break, ahead of their second when Rankin cut inside to fire one low past the keeper after Blake's excellent ball had sliced open the defence.

The second half was a relatively quieter affair, although Rugby continued to look the more likely outfit to score - creating a series of half chances.

Rankin pulled a shot wide and Johnson was almost in behind the United defence, with Beeson then blocking Blake's goalbound effort on the line after another threatening Rankin corner.

Evans and Johnson both sent efforts over the bar, with the home side's best opportunity seeing Loyiso Recci doing well to block Oli Maltby's dangerous-looking ball into the box.

With the game into stoppage time, Koriya made it three with a neat finish under Lovelace after Evans had ridden a couple of tackles to play in the Town substitute.

Valley Line-up: Hill; Rosser, Brathwaite, Recci, Francis; Perkins (Tulloch), Blythe, Blake (Koriya); Rankin, Evans, Johnson. Subs not used: Holloway, Kavanagh, Steele. Booked: Blake, Perkins, Evans.

Pinchbeck line-up: Lovelace, Shipley, Field, Tidswell, Jack Smith, Wilson, Beeson, Bishop, Maltby, Josh Smith, Ogden.  Subs: Bayliss, Gardner, Fieldhouse, Edwards, Peasgood.

 
Valley Line-up - Pinchbeck United 0-3 Rugby Town - November 2018
Photos: Martin Pulley
Liam Francis - Pinchbeck United 0-3 Rugby Town - November 2018
Liam Francis (right) opened the scoring and also opened his account for Rugby

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