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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 02 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 11:32
Rugby Town 2 Daventry Town 0
Southern League Division One Midlands
TOWN established a new club record for consecutive Southern League victories with a New Year’s Day local derby success at Butlin Road.
On an afternoon where the sad loss of ex-manager Jimmy Knox was marked both before and during the game, it was ironic that Valley’s ninth straight win broke the previous record held by two teams from the Knox era.
Undoubtedly though, Jimmy would have been proud of the hosts’ display against Daventry, with Dave Stringer’s men looking a determined proposition from the off.
They never looked likely to be beaten and plugged away patiently - with two second half goals from substitutes Sam Youngs and Lewis McBride finally giving them their deserved reward in front of a delighted bumper crowd.
Daventry had the first chance of the game when former Valley and Bedworth man Ashley Robinson lifted one over from close range.
Rugby were soon into their stride though as Alex Gudger’s free-kick went straight at Richard Morris whilst Robbie Banks dragged a shot just wide of the target.
The closest the home team came to opening the scoring in the first half came when David Kolodynski cut in from the left and fired an effort which Seb Lake-Gaskin helped onto the post with the slightest of touches.
Valley continued to look the sharper and more creative outfit in the run-up to the interval, although they were unable to turn this superiority into any further clear chances.
The second half continued in pretty much the same manner, with Kolodynski having an early strike over the bar - after he done well to create himself space in a crowded box.
The breakthrough came just before the hour mark, when Lake-Gaskin threaded through a great pass for Youngs - who applied an exquisite chipped finish over the oncoming Morris.
Kolodynski could have made it two-nil shortly after when he ran through on to a long upfield punt - before opting to shoot early, only to see his effort clip the outside of the upright.
Youngs almost bundled in Lake-Gaskin’s cross as the hosts looked to make the game safe but there were, of course, inevitably a couple of nervy moments at the other end. Jamie Gould shot wide of Dave Bevan’s goal and Robinson flicked a header up onto the crossbar in a goalmouth scramble.
Youngs and Kolodynski both had further opportunities though, before a minute into added-on time new boy McBride was on-hand with a cool finish to Fazel Koriya’s pull-back for Rugby’s second.
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