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21st Oct, 2021

Thomas' last-gasp strike grabs point for Valley

JOSH Thomas couldn’t have timed his first goal for Rugby Town any better after bagging the stoppage-time equaliser in Tuesday night’s dramatic draw against Cogenhoe United.

Carl Adams’ side had led at half-time at Butlin Road, with a moment of magic from Dylan Parker. Having collected a back heel from Danico Johnson, the young striker cleverly dinked the ball over the keeper for the ninth-minute opener.

Dylan Parker scored Town’s first goal at home to Cogenhoe. Picture by Martin Pulley

But the Cooks turned the game around with Rico Alexander and Dylan Weston on target before Thomas diverted a Max Johnson cross to make it 2-2 in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Valley have dropped to eighth in the table as they prepare to face Potton United on Saturday before a trip to Hinckley side Leicester Road next Tuesday.

Hat-tricks from Caine Elliott and David Kolodynski secured Valley’s Vase triumph at Copsewood, setting up a home clash with AFC Wulfrunians on September 25.

Caine Elliott scored first-half hat-trick at Copsewood in the FA Vase. Picture by Martin Pulley

Elliott’s treble plus a long-distance Parker strike put Adams’ men 4-0 up at half-time and though the hosts pulled two goals back through Alex Lock and Sean Kavanagh straight after half-time Valley soon hit the back of the net again.

Kolodynski was in the right place at the right time for his own treble and Parker added his second.

Dylan Parker scored two at Copsewood. Picture by Martin Pulley.

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