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21st Oct, 2021

Johnson at the rescue to help Valley advance at first hurdle of FA Cup qualifying

Ben Tyler 12th Aug, 2021

Max Johnson was euphoric after ensuring Rugby’s progression in the FA Cup qualifying rounds. Picture by Martin Pulley.

CARL Adams’ Rugby Town made hard work of their FA Cup extra preliminary town tie with Boldmere St Michaels last weekend, but ensured of their progression thanks to Max Johnson’s late winner against the travelling ten men.

Playing the best part of the second half with a man advantage following a second yellow card for former Valley man Steve Palmer, the 87th-minute strike edged the 1-0 scoreline to set up a trip to Stone Old Alleynians of the Midland League in the preliminary round on August 21.

Making three changes to the team that drew 1-1 in the midweek United Counties League Premier South opener with Lutterworth Town, starting berths were offering to Charlie Evans, James Hancocks and Omar Recci.

There were few early openings but Valley’s David Kolodynski tested Mikes custodian Dan Crane while Rugby keeper Ben Newey saved from Robbie Thompson-Brown.

Barry Fitzharris sent a well-hit drive narrowly over, while a swivel and strike from Koloydynski inched just past the past after the break.

With Boldmere reduced to ten men moments later, all of the onus was on Rugby to deliver the match-winning moment and it finally arrived three minutes from time. Danico Johnson cleverly let the ball run through from Dylan Parker’s centre and Max Johnson buried the ball home from close range after his namesake D.

Following Tuesday’s trip to Long Buckby, Town then head to Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday in a league double-header.

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