Rugby Town FC Suffer Blow To Title Hopes
|Author: Jon Venner||Published: 15th April 2013 17:37|
Rugby Town 1-2 Fleet Town
Saturday 13th April 2013
Rugby Town's title hopes took a devasting blow when fell to defeat to struggling Fleet Town at a boggy Calthorpe Park.
Without a win in eight games, 18th placed Fleet put in a spirited display on a quagmire of a pitch to abruptly end Rugby's 11-game winning streak.
With other results not going their way, their next three fixtures within seven days are vital if they are to go up as champions.
With persistent rain coming down during the whole game, conditions did become difficult but this was the case for both sides, however it did not help Rugby's normal free flowing football.
Manager Dave Stringer had to do a re-jig of his starting line up when Mason Rowley got stuck on the motorway travelling down and missed the start with Lewis McBride slotting into defence.
Town though did get off to the perfect start when Fazel Koriya went past at least three players then unleashed a cracking shot from 20 yards to leave home keeper Ryan Pryce completely helpless.
This came after Sam Belcher hit the bar after just three minutes with a curling free-kick from the edge of the area.
Rugby were playing some nice football but were shocked when Fleet scored after half an hour and Rugby conceded their first goal in eight matches.
Ben White managed to get a decent cross over from the left and Patrick Cox's glancing header left Dave Bevan to do the rare thing of picking the ball out of the net.
Rugby though tried immediately to get back into the lead with Kolodynski testing Pryce on a couple of occasions.
With the pitch becoming muddier, Fleet took the lead in the 57th minute when Craig Davis took a freekick which blasted over the wall and past Bevan who was the other side of the goal when the kick was taken.
With Rugby desparately searching for at least a point, with Belcher seeing a shot go wide and Alex Gudger over the bar from a Belcher cross.
With time slipping away they couldn't find the goal they needed to keep up the pressure on Burnham and Godalming.
Valley Line-up: Bevan; McBride, Myles, Austin (Blythe), Gudger; Koriya, Spencer (Rowley), Belcher, Youngs; Lake-Gaskin, Kolodynski. Subs not used: Palmer, Williams, Maisiri.Booked: Belcher, Gudger.