2nd Dec, 2020

Comeback kings Valley deserved three points - Adams

Ben Tyler 21st Oct, 2020

Goalkeeper Sam Lomax thumps home the equaliser with his head. Picture by Martin Pulley.

TOWN manager Carl Adams says his Rugby side could feel aggrieved not to have snuck a win against Quorn on Tuesday night, after clawing back a three-goal deficit to take a point at Butlin Road.

An incredible 3-3 draw was already enough of a spectacle for home, away and neutral supporters alike, without taking into account Valley’s equalising goal came through goalkeeper Sam Lomax deep into stoppage time.

Following first-half goals from Leke Shodunke, Leavi Oshungbure and Tawanda Mangondoza for the Leicestershire visitors, a complete turnaround in events saw Rugby turn the tide after Dylan Parker and Ryan Seal struck.

Then with time running out, Lomax made himself the unexpected hero by heading home from Seal’s late corner.

Dylan Parker fires goalwards. Picture by Martin Pulley.

For Adams, it was a case of what could have been, regardless of the circumstances of the fightback after the break.

“We showed good spirit to drag ourselves back in the game tonight,” he said.

“To concede three sloppy goals in the first half is highly frustrating, but it was pretty much one way traffic after the break and we probably had enough opportunities to have taken all three points in the end.”

But while Town registered a league point for the first time in their last three fixtures, it is a record that the Rugby manager is desperate to change in order to get themselves back amongst the leading pack in the United Counties League Premier League.

“We are missing too many good chances at the moment and teams have made us pay,” Adams added.

Danico Johnson in action on Tuesday night. Picture by Martin Pulley.

“It was the same at Lutterworth last week when we could easily have finished the game off before their late winner.”

Valley’s next challenge is a trip to a GNG Oadby Town side that – despite their position in the lower half of the table – have reacted strongly to a poor start to go five games unbeaten, winning their last time by a 3-2 scoreline against Peterborough Northern Star and Northampton ON Chenecks.

Fifth-placed Rugby currently sit on 16 points after nine games, trailing the early pace-setters Anstey Nomads by five points having played two games more, so will hope to have closed the gap following Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.

Elsewhere, the club’s academy team head to Worcester City in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup on Friday night (7.30pm), knowing a trip to Football League opposition in Burton Albion is on the line in the first round should they go through.

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