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19th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Town make strong start to pre-season schedule

RUGBY Town boss Carl Adams believes his side are in “good shape” after recording back-to-back wins to kick-off their pre-season schedule.

Valley eased to a 3-0 win at FC Stratford before beating Romulus 3-1 in their first couple of outings ahead of the new campaign.

Goals from Loyiso Recci and David Kolodynski, plus an own goal, saw Valley past Stratford before Kolodynski netted a brace, along with another own goal, in the win at Romulus.

Adams said: “We’ve put in two decent performances and scored six goals in the process, and whilst there’s been some rustiness, I think we’re looking in good shape at this stage.

“The lads have come back to training in relatively good shape, and have worked hard in the sessions.

“With the players that we have brought back in over the summer, I think we will be better set-up as a team going forward.

“I’m still looking to bring in a couple more, but I know I may have to be patient and wait until higher level clubs have finalised their squads first.”

And 12 of Adams’s contracted players featured at some point over the past week, with the only absentee being the injured Edwin Ahenkorah.

There were also run-outs for four others from last season’s squad – Liam Francis, Josh Thomas, Alex Lock and Justin Marsden – with Adams running the rule over a few trialists – including ex-Hinckley wide man Drew Kear.

Next-up for Rugby is the visit to Butlin Road of Southern League Premier side Redditch United this Saturday, with subsequent tests at step four opponents Gresley and Bedworth, before ending their pre-season campaign at home to Pershore on Monday, July 25.

Valley’s UCL Premier season kicks-off five days later when Cogenhoe visit Butlin Road, followed by the short trip to Coventry Sphinx on Tuesday, August 2.

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