RUGBY Town’s players have certainly earnt their 10-day Christmas break following their gritty 1-0 victory at local rivals Lutterworth Town last weekend.
Fifth-placed Valley return to action on Tuesday, December 28 at 3pm when Easington Sports visit Butlin Road after they deservedly scooped all three points at Dunley Way despite playing the entire second half with 10-men.
Midfielder Alex Lock was undeniably the central figure at the weekend, after he had come off the bench on the half hour mark to replace the injured Luke English.
Having grabbed his first goal for the club with a towering header from Max Johnson’s corner on 43 minutes, Lock then received his marching orders for a late tackle in first half stoppage time.
Rugby had the better of the chances against Lutterworth with David Kolodynski twice missing the target after he got in-behind the Swifts’ defence before later striking the crossbar.
Town boss Carl Adams said: “Lutterworth have been pretty dominant at home in the league so far this season, with nine wins and only the one defeat against Hinckley, but I thought we were excellent and could have easily scored more.
“The togetherness was there for all to see and we coped really well with being a player short, as we had done last week at Stourport when Max was sinbinned near the end.
“I do feel that we’ve been harshly treated by refereeing decisions over the past couple of weeks though, and that Alex was particularly hard done by on Saturday and will now have to miss the next three games as a result.”
Rugby’s defence and in-form goalkeeper Ash Bodycote stood firm in the second period, and Kolodynski spurned a further great opportunity to settle any nerves late on when he steered the ball wide from 10-yards out with the goal gaping.
Adams added: “We’ve had tough back-to-back physical challenges now, with the intense Vase game at Stourport and then another testing one at Lutterworth, so it’s good that we now have a little extra time to regroup and recharge the batteries ahead of the festive fixtures.”
Rugby’s Bank Holiday visitors Easington currently sit in 14th place in the UCL Premier South table having been a late addition to the division in the summer, when the Banbury-based club were transferred over from the Hellenic League.
Dylan Parker and Keenah Rosser both missed out on the Lutterworth game due to COVID related isolations, but Adams is hoping to have the pair back available next Tuesday.
Following the Easington home fixture, Town kick-off the New Year with the short trip to Coventry Sphinx on January 3rd before hosting league leaders Hinckley at Butlin Road five days later.