VALLEY boss Carl Adams says new-boys James Hancocks and Dylan Parker can help pick up Rugby Town’s fortunes after raiding his former club Stratford Town.
It follows a frustrating draw away to Pinchbeck United on Saturday, when Liam Francis’ goal from close range rescued a point in a 1-1 draw in the United Counties League Premier Division.
Despite the late leveller, it leaves Rugby without a win in their previous four fixtures – a record they hope to rectify at Butlin Road against Wellingborough Town on Saturday.
Adams gave assessments of his two new signings and said: “James is a tough tackling midfielder and is very vocal too.
“He featured regularly for me in my last year at Knights Lane, so I know he can perform well at a higher level.
“Dylan is quick and dangerous and he has a good goalscoring record and, with the departure of Kieran Fitzgerald, gives us extra options up front again.”
Rugby dominated proceedings in Saturday’s trip to Lincolnshire after conceding seven minutes in, when Tyrone Burton dispatched after a flowing move down the right flank.
Ryan Seal was unlucky not to level when being kept out by Pinchbeck stopper Rick Lovelace, while Charlie Evans was later denied with an audacious first-time volley.
Fazel Koriya inexplicably sent a close-range header wide from a matter of yards, although his blushes were spared by Francis with ten minutes remaining.
Poor defensive play by Pinchbeck allowed substitute Sam Lockley to crack an effort against the post, with the rebound forced into the net by Francis.
Despite a late surge for the winner, Rugby were forced to settle for a point.