RUGBY TOWN remain on the coat-tails of the United Counties League Premier Division South promotion race ahead of a trip to Coventry United this weekend.
Substitute Max Johnson’s 54th minute winner against Cogenhoe secured Valley’s latest three points to keep them in fourth place in the table behind Hinckley LR, Harborough and Newport Pagnell.
Town host Coventry this weekend at Butlin Road, with Carl Adams’s side looking to maintain their excellent league form of late.
Reflecting on the win against Cogenhoe, Adams said: “We knew it was going to be a tough place to go and they would be a hard side to beat, but I thought we were patient on the day and fully deserved the win in the end.
“We could have easily have scored a couple of more as we missed a few good chances, but nevertheless it was a job done well.
“We know it will be another tough game for us against Coventry.
“I had them down as one of the main contenders at the start of the season, but their results have been a little disappointing of late and we need to make sure that continues on Saturday.”
The Butts Park Arena outfit have only won one of their last seven outings, and whilst they are just one place below Town in fifth, they are now five points shy of Rugby having played one game more.
Johnson’s strike in the 1-0 win against Cogenhoe came after Town had dominated first half proceedings, with their best chance of the period seeing David Kolodynski head against the crossbar.
Valley keeper Ash Bodycote remained relatively untroubled throughout as he registered his seventh clean sheet since rejoining the club in September, and it was Johnson that then went closest to scoring again with two further good opportunities.
The first of which he blazed over and the second drawing a decent save from home goalkeeper Craig Foxall.
Town are likely to be without the services of injured duo Luke English and Dylan Parker once more this weekend, as they both look to recover from their foot fracture and leg injuries respectively.
Rugby’s match with Coventry takes place on Saturday, January 29 with kick-off at 3pm at Butlin Road.