RUGBY Town manager Carl Adams is more than satisfied with his new side’s pre-season progress, after watching them put in two encouraging displays in their warm-up fixtures over the past week.
Town followed up on their opening friendly 3-0 victory at Heather St Johns with a 5-2 success at Sutton Coldfield last Saturday, before narrowly losing out to Redditch by a single goal on Tuesday evening.
Adams reflected: “Things are definitely coming together nicely and we are probably ahead of where I thought we would be at this stage of our preparations.
“To score eight goals in our first two run-outs is encouraging.
“We were just too strong on the day for Heather and then I thought we played very well at Sutton against a side higher in the non-league pyramid than us.
“Now that most of the holidays are out of the way, we’ve got most of the lads together in training and it looks like there’s genuine competition within the squad, especially with the impact the academy lads appear to be having.”
Adams has blooded a number of Liam O’Neill’s scholars in the opening three matches, with one of them striker Jamal Adams on-target with Rugby’s second on the Coles Lane 3G surface at the weekend.
Danico Johnson had given Town an early lead with an impressive individual goal, before Adams seized on a defensive mistake to double the lead.
A further great strike by Johnson made it three, although the hosts then struck twice to reduce the arrears.
Lewis Rankin scored again ahead of the half-time whistle though, with Sam Lockley grabbing Valley’s fifth in a generally fragmented second period.
Rugby then travelled to Southern League Premier Redditch for a late-in-the-day arranged friendly, and twice went close to opening the scoring through Luke Edwards and Keenah Rosser, before ex-Town striker Luke Keen won the game for the home side with a low strike.
Valley continue their preparations with another away game at higher level opposition this Saturday, when they travel to Keys Park to take on Northern Premier Division outfit Hednesford.