Ryhall United’s run in the Leicestershire Shield came to an end with a 4-2 defeat to Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday.
Ryhall’s journey to Ashby-de-la-Zouch was hampered by a traffic jam that meant they arrived just five minutes before the scheduled kick-off so it was no surprise when they conceded within the opening minute when a quick through ball was swept into the goal with United’s team organisation still going on.
Within 10 minutes it was 2-0 as a fierce shot from the edge of the box was parried away by stand-in keeper Darren Middleton only for the Ashby forward to pounce on the rebound and punish the static defending.
Ryhall finally got a grip of the game and of should of halved the deficit.
First Luke Ball failed to connect to a low cross before Chris McRoyal smashed his chance over the bar from eight yards out.
Captain Danny Sheehan then headed wide from close range and Ryan Brown slammed his shot wide.
Middleton made a brave save as he charged out at the feet of the attacker to keep Ryhall in the game but a damaging third goal was scored by the home side just before half time as again a straight ball caught out a flat United back line for the forward to ghost in and slot home for a first half hat-trick.
Ryhall regrouped at the interval and started the second half with far more flow to their play.
Brown raced past his marker and fired his shot into the bottom corner to get Ryhall a foothold in the game and then only five minutes later Jack Neath volleyed home from a corner and the comeback was on.
Jack Travers crashed his well struck shot against the bar before Ball had an excellent chance of an equaliser but lifted his effort just over.
McRoyal then flashed a free kick inches wide with the keeper rooted as Ryhall were in total control.
With United committing players in an all out attack they were caught with a sucker punch as Ashby quickly countered that resulted in the forward slotting his chance home to claim his fourth of the game.