WILL Grocott’s late goal settled a rollercoaster affair in Rugby Town’s favour at Bell Close as they came away with a thrilling 3-2 win.
Town had previously twice taken the lead only to be pegged back by the hosts before the midfielder struck with just two minutes of normal time remaining to earn the visitors all three points.
Valley had taken the lead after half an hour when Justin Marsden’s low effort deceived United keeper Jack Sillitoe, although it was generally an uninspiring opening period.
The game took off in the second half though, with Aylesbury pulling level for the first time through Stacey Field who responded quickest to a flick on to Shaun Owens’ hoisted free-kick.
Lewis Rankin notched his first Town goal when he finished off David Kolodynski’s whipped-in cross, but the lead was again shortlived, with another set play doing the damage as Alex Gudger appeared to help the ball past his own goalkeeper.
However there was to be late drama when Grocott fired powerfully home from the edge of the penalty area, after Sillitoe had done well to beat away Rankin’s initial shot.
Goalscorer Justin Marsden shakes of the attention of a defender. (s) Photo by Martin Pulley