30th Oct, 2020

Adams content with tight knit squad at Valley

Ben Tyler 19th Feb, 2020

MANAGER Carl Adams admits he is willing to continue to work with the bare bones at Rugby Town heading into the final third of the campaign.

Valley have been restricted to a 16-man squad in recent weeks, a number that dipped following an ankle injury to Charlie Evans but has since been restored by the return of Omar Recci.

Adams says no new signings are currently expected however, explaining: “Whilst we are quite tight on numbers, we will run with what we have for now.

“The trouble is when you have an 18-player-plus squad, it becomes very difficult to keep everyone happy, and those not playing leave quickly anyway.

“If we got a couple more injuries, then of course we would look to bring in someone to cover for this.

“But in the meantime I’m happy with what we have here and the form we are showing at the moment – unless someone significantly better than what we have here becomes available.”

With the club, as with the majority of their rivals in the United Counties League Premier Division, having been out of action in the past week, an away fixture to Oadby Town provides a welcome return on Saturday (3pm).

Second-placed Town beat The Poachers – who consolidate 13th place – 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in December, thanks to goals from Lee Thomas, Ryan Seal (2) and James Hancocks.

The Leicestershire hosts have had a mixed run of form since that pre-Christmas encounter, winning three times, losing twice and drawing four of their fixtures in the meantime.

It provides an ideal task for promotion chasing Town, who are two points behind leaders Loughborough University on 51 points – having accrued 30 points from the last 36 available to them.

Meanwhile, Rugby’s postponed fixtures have already been pencilled in for new dates. The trip to Wellingborough Town is now set to take place on Tuesday March 24, while their Rothwell Corinthians away day will follow on Tuesday April 7.

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