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Rothwell Corinthians
Peniasko 57'
Plowright missed pen 1'

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Ahenkorah 17'
Summerfield 75'
Evans 90'

Justin Marsden - Rothwell Corinthians 1-3 Rugby Town - February 2019
Player/assistant manager Justin Marsden came on as a first half subsitute for the injured Richard Bunting

Tuesday 19 February 2019

United Counties League Premier Division
Sergeant's Lawn, Rothwell
Attendance TBC
Valley Star Man

Valley were made to work hard for their latest victory against third bottom Rothwell Corinthians.

Goals from Edwin Ahenkorah, Dan Summerfield and Charlie Evans brought the points back home for Town from a poor overall spectacle at Seargants Lawn.

After three consecutive unaltered starting line-ups, Rugby manager Carl Adams made two changes at Rothwell - with Josh Steele and Simeon Tulloch in for Fazel Koriya and Lewis Rankin.

There was also an unfamiliar role up-front for Liam Francis, as Adams rejigged his formation, and Town were very nearly behind with only a minute on the clock when Francis's normal central defensive partner Loyiso Recci was punished for an obvious push in the back on Craig Maisiri in the penalty area.

Fortunately Town keeper Matt Hill was down well to keep out Calum Plowright's resulting spot-kick, but the action remained in Valley's half for the majority of the opening exchanges.

Therefore it was against the run of play when the visitors took the lead on seventeen minutes, when Ahenkorah took his time before smashing the ball into the corner of the net after Dom Perkins had had a shot blocked.

Rothwell keeper Adam North saved a well-struck Francis effort in a further rare attacking highlight ahead of the interval, whilst Maisiri's header at the other end lacked any power to trouble Hill.

The hosts started the second period strongly, and Hill was called into action early into it with a good save to Plowright's strike. Dan Cooper's shot on the turn was blocked ahead of a series of corners from the home side, which saw the home side just unable to scramble in a goal.

Hill did well to deny Cooper again, after the full-back had burst clear down the by-line, but from the resulting corner by Luke Phillips, Kalun Peniasko headed home an equaliser at the back post.

Town finally threatened the home goal when Evans clipped the top of the bar with a decent effort, but it was Rothwell that were looking more likely to grab the lead - with Joe Wright somehow lifting one over from close quarters.

However a sensational Summerfield strike from distance gave Rugby their unlikely advantage, with North only able to get a hand to the ball's rising trajectory.

Hill saved again from Plowright, as the game finally opened up a little - with Ahenkorah almost grabbing his second after the ball had fallen into his path, but North showed strong hands to push his low shot away.

Valley did seal matters in the final minute though, when Justin Marsden played a composed pass through to Evans - who was equally as assured with his finish past North via the base of the post.

Valley Line-up: Hill; Recci, Summerfield, Steele; Rosser, Tulloch, Perkins, Bunting (Marsden), Evans; Francis, Ahenkorah. Subs not used: Holloway, Connor, Rankin. Booked: Recci, Perkins.

Rothwell Line-up: North, Cooper, Phillips, Plowright, Peniasko, Campion, Henson, Johnson, Maisiri, Gudyer, Wright.  Subs: Smith, Ademidan, Clark.

Valley Lineup - Rothwell Corinthians 1-3 Rugby Town - February 2019
Photos: Martin Pulley
x - Rothwell Corinthians x Rugby Town - February 2019
Regular centre back Liam Francis was deployed by Carl Adams in attack from the start although he did eventually drop back to his familiar role later in the second half

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