FOOTBALL - Adams demands focus as Rugby Town aim to secure survival on final day - The Rugby Observer

FOOTBALL - Adams demands focus as Rugby Town aim to secure survival on final day

Rugby Editorial 25th Apr, 2024 Updated: 25th Apr, 2024   0

CARL Adams insists his Rugby Town side must focus on winning their final game of the season by the biggest margin possible with the club’s league status on the line.

Valley lifted themselves out of the relegation zone after thrashing Walsall Wood 4-0 to claim their biggest league win of the season.

Liam Francis opened the scoring before two Loyiso Recci penalties and a late goal from Silvano Obeng secured an emphatic victory at Butlin Road.

And the result means Rugby go into the final game of the season outside of the bottom two on goal difference with as many as five clubs in danger of relegation from the Northern Premier League Midlands.

Adams said: “It’s great that we have finally put a good run of results together at just the right time, but we know that it’s going to be tough at Boldmere on Saturday, and we will have to be on it from the off.

“We’ll need to try and put out of our minds what’s going on with the Rushden game and focus on securing the win by the biggest margin possible, and hopefully that should be enough to see us home.”

Town travel to Boldmere this Saturday for the campaign’s final fixture ahead of 19th-placed Rushden on both goal difference and goals scored – meaning that the Northamptonshire club would have to surpass any Rugby win with one of their own by a clear three-goal margin to push Carl Adams’s side back into the bottom two.

Gresley are now all but doomed in bottom spot, whilst the two teams above Town – Coventry Sphinx and Cambridge City – pretty much ensured their 2024/25 Step Four status with a second-half equaliser apiece to ease them both three points clear of Rugby and Rushden – with superior goal differences.

In-form Boldmere may prove a sterner test as Rugby look to extend their unbeaten run to five matches, while Rushden travel to Walsall for their concluding match with their hopes still alive following a late winner at home to Boldmere last weekend.

Rugby finish the season away at Boldmere St Michaels on Saturday, April 27 with kick-off at 3pm at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.


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