RYAN Seal’s early brace helped Rugby Town on their way to a 3-1 home win against Milton Keynes Irish as Valley recorded a fifth successive league victory.
Seal struck twice in the space of two minutes to put Rugby out of sight after David Kolodynski had opened the scoring at Butlin Road.
The result means Valley now sit seven points clear at the top of the United Counties League Premier Division South table although second-placed Coventry Sphinx have two games in hand.
And Rugby made the perfect start when Kolodynski was on hand to prod in at the far post from Dan Summerfield’s cross from the right after just eight minutes.
Valley doubled their lead just two minutes later when Seal showed great composure to control a ball from the right and fire a low effort into the net.
And the game was made safe on 12 minutes when Seal grabbed his second of the game with a superb lofted finish over the head of the Milton Keynes goalkeeper from range after the keeper miscue his clearance.
The visitors responded on 32 minutes as Callum Hirst capitalised on a mistake by Valley keeper Matt Hill who mishandled a cross into the goalscorer’s path who finished into the roof of the net from close range.
However, there were no further goals as Valley prevented their high-flying opponents from staging a comeback in the second half.
Rugby are next in action away at Coventry United on Saturday, December 10 with kick-off at 2pm at Butts Park Arena.