Rugby Borough FC v Ashby Ivanhoe FC

25th November 2019

Rugby Borough breeze past Ashby Ivanhoe with a Rawlings hattrick helping them to 7-2 victory in an action-packed Non-league encounter at Kilsby lane.

Rugby Borough host Ashby Ivanhoe FC at Kilsby Lane with the desire to get back to winning ways after their disappointing loss to Sileby Town away on Monday night. “It was important to bounce back” explained Captain Tommy Glascoe.

Borough have won 6 out of 8 whilst opponents Ashby have only won 2 of eleven in the league.

Rugby Borough FC - Match Photo

Borough created the early chances putting Ashby on the back foot. With the attacking presence of Turton, Barber and Rawlings proving hard to handle for the Ashby defence. After this strong ten minutes it was Tom Rawlings, on 13, who got Boroughs first after a short throw-in routine lead to a Sam Beasley cross which was headed home by the number nine. Borough were close to their second when from range Henry Toro’s chance bounced off the top side of the Crossbar. 

Borough continued the pressure with the game firmly being played in the Ashby half and were awarded with a penalty on the half hour mark for handball. Rawlings grabbed his second despite the keeper getting a firm touch. After Boroughs dominance and against the run of play Ashby got one back after a dangerous free-kick was spilled by Woodward giving the striker a tap in to make it 2-1 just before half-time. Ashby nearly grabbed a second as an attempted cross floated on to the bar and back in to play for borough to clear.

Borough started the second half just as strong as the first with Rawlings grabbing his hattrick after he met a tidy through ball to rifle past the keeper. However, their comfortable lead didn’t last long as Ashby got a second after a long-range effort beat the keeper superbly. A quick succession of goal continued as Beasley drifted inwards from out wide to cut the ball back to Barber who placed in to the roof of the net. The goals just kept coming in the second half as Glascoe spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed him from the halfway line in stunning fashion. When asked about what was going through is head at the time he said: “Not much I just saw him off his line and went for it, most of the time they don’t go in.” Luckily for Glascoe it did and the score line now sat at 5-2.

It didn’t stay that way though as Borough took their sixth after a Glascoe corner met a Jeff Woodward bullet header. This goal game gave Borough more confidence and just minutes later they scored again with Turton slotting in the rebound from a Barber shot. Borough were full in control now with no way back for Ashby with the score 7-2 in the 72nd minute. Borough saw out the rest of the game with ease giving them the perfect response to the loss last week. The boys now look ahead to their next game in the league at home to Barlestone St. Giles.

Reporter – Samuel Collins