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Rugby Town finish debut MFL campaign in sixth after big win over Students

Craig Gibbons 11th May, 2018

RUGBY Town rounded off their Midland League Premier Division campaign with a comfortable victory over Loughborough University last Saturday.

Leading by a single goal at half-time thanks to David Kolodynski’s early header, Valley went on to add another four within a 20-minute period in the second half to seal an easy win before the Students grabbed two late consolations.

Town shuffled their limited pack for the end-of-season sign off, with Mason Rowley and Aiden Print making rare starts in place of Sean Castleton and the injured Stuart Hendrie.

The hosts were ahead with just six minutes on the clock when Kolodynski flicked a header past Jake King after Josh Ruff’s near post corner had picked him out.

Sam Beasley then showed nice feet before striking the inside of the post from 20 yards out with John Mills drawing a decent parried save from King to his rasping effort from the edge of the area.

The visitors had been restricted to just one half chance for Alex Read in that opening period, but they had the first opportunity of the new half when Rowley blocked out Cameron Gordon’s shot.

However, once Ruff had opened the floodgates on 50 minutes with a lovely shot into the corner of the net after he had surged forwards with the ball, the game’s destiny was never really in doubt.

Kolodynski made it 3-0 on the hour mark when he rounded King to score.

Shortly after Ruff was involved in the build-up play to another Rugby goal when his deep cross found Kolodynski in the area and his lay-off into the path of Harry Holloway saw the midfielder claim his first league goal for the club.

Town’s fifth was soon on the board too when Print seized upon a loose ball before striking one low past King.

University pulled one back when Alex Dinsmore fired home after the Rugby defence had failed to clear their lines properly before substitute Joe Boachie curled a shot into the top corner with seven minutes remaining to make it 5-2.

Ruff almost capped a fine individual display with his second of the game late on but his powerful shot was tipped wide.

Victory ensures Valley end the season in sixth place.


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