Rugby Town 1 St Ives Town 0
Man of the Match: Jordan Lambert (St Ives Town)
In front of a bumper crowd of 359 at Butln Road, the Saints made sure that The Valley worked for their three points on Saturday after a second half penalty was all the dfference between the two Towns.
It was the Saints who had the better of the chances in the opening half an hour despite the possession being dominated by Rugby for spells. On 15 minutes, Tom Meechan run down the left was cut back into the path of Karl Gibbs who struck the ball well, wrong footing Niall Cooper, however an outstretched arm was enough to turn away for a corner kick. Five minutes later Gibbs had a free header, after an excellent free kick from Dan Banister, but the effort never troubled Cooper. Barney McLaughlin was on hand to save comfortably from former Saints; Jared Cunnff on 26 minutes. Avelino Vieira’s free kick was well saved once again by Cooper, on 34 minutes, but when the save landed to the feet of Meechan, he was unable to convert from close range. Seb Lake-Gaskin and Ellis Myles both hand chances before the half tie whistle but neither able to beat the in-form McLaughlin keeping goal for the Saints.
The turning point in the game was on 55 minutes when Cunniff burst through the Saints midfield and defence only to be felled by Jordan Lambert inside the penalty area. Lake-Gaskin stepped up and made no mistake sending McLaughlin the other way.
The second half came and went with very few chances for either side as Rugby looked to hold on to a precious 1-0 victory to keep their hopes alive of an automatic promotion place or at least inside the play off four.