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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 30 January 2013 Updated: 06/02 18:47
Rugby Town 4 Ashford Town 0
Southern League Central Division
A RUGBY side brimming with confidence stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches with another comfortable Butlin Road victory on Tuesday night.
Two goals in each half secured the latest success and without a number of inspired saves from visiting keeper Paul McCarthy, the margin of success would have been even greater.
There were no signs that a lay-off of 17 days had affected Dave Stringer’s men, and the hosts were soon ahead when David Kolodynski finished off strike partner’s Seb Lake-Gaskin neat through ball with a perfectly executed lob over the oncoming keeper.
Ellis Myles shot wide of the target and Lake-Gaskin almost released Kolodynski again as Rugby pressed, before the visitors had their only chance of the first half when Dave Bevan had to be alert to push away Ed Thomas’ corner which whipped in at him in the blustery conditions.
McCarthy was out well to block Kolodynski’s effort after Sam Youngs had picked out his run and the keeper was soon back in action, turning Lake-Gaskin’s low effort round the post for a corner.
From the resulting Craig Kelly delivery, Rugby made it two thanks to Alex Gudger’s well-timed header - a third strike in just three games for the central defender.
Bevan made a good low save from Jim Mann after the restart and Gudger did well to cut-out Joe Bennett’s dangerous looking cross, although generally it was Valley in the ascendancy with their neat passing football.
The save of the game saw McCarthy show great reflexes to parry away a close-range strike from Lake-Gaskin, and then with Lewis McBride through on goal, he was equal to the winger’s low effort.
After a melee on the edge of the Ashford penalty box, the visitors were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Chris Robinson for a second yellow card - with Lake-Gaskin also booked for his involvement in the incident, which held up the game for a number of minutes.
Being a man light signalled an end to the Middlesex side’s resistance, and McCarthy pulled out another top draw save from Kolodynski - with substitute Nic Evangelinos twice seeing his rebound efforts blocked on the line by a defender.
Evangelinos was denied again with three minutes left, this time by McCarthy, but fellow sub Richard Blythe was on-hand to follow-up and score at the second attempt.
Valley’s fourth came in injury time after Bairoh Conteh had taken out Sam Belcher in the box, the midfielder picked himself up to send a powerfully struck penalty into the back of the net.
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