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21st Jan, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Town manager Adams stresses importance of FA Vase as he reflects on Valley's season

RUGBY Town manager Carl Adams believes the club’s FA Vase run is important to both the club and the town as he reflected on Valley’s opening half of the season.

 

Town recovered from a slow start to the campaign to secure their place in the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in 38 years with a memorable penalty shootout win against Stourport Swifts.

 

Their success in the cup has come off the back of an impressive run in the league which has seen them win 10 of their last 11 United Counties League Premier Division South matches.

 

And Adams insists he is fully aware of the importance the Vase holds to the club – a trophy Rugby famously lifted for the only time in their history back in 1982/83.

 

Adams said: “The FA Vase competition is very important to us and also to the supporters.

 

“We’re fully aware of what this competition means to the town as a whole and it would be great if we could add to the success that it has brought here previously.

 

“We know the league situation is going to be tough for us because of the form of the top clubs at the moment, but there’s still lots of points to play for and I can see many twists and turns before the season is over.

 

“All we can do is keep winning our games, we know there is very little margin for error from this point forward.

 

“We’re due to play three of the top four at Butlin Road in the first couple of months of the year, so there’s plenty of opportunity for us to make ground in those games.”

 

However, Valley trail league leaders Hinckley LRFC by 13 points after a disappointing September saw them collect just four points from five matches.

 

Despite the deficit, Town boss Adams feels his squad will be ready to chase down the teams above them following the Christmas break.

 

Adams added: “We know it was a pretty average start and as a result we’ve been playing catch-up ever since.

 

“The first few results were good, but then we had a bad spell where we struggled to find any real consistency and form.

 

“It’s been so much better in the last three months, and we’re now showing a real togetherness out there and playing some decent football.

 

“We’ve brought in a number of players to strengthen things, it takes time to bed players in but hopefully we are through that process now and we can kick-on even further.

 

“We will be working hard in training to keep the run going in the league and we’ve also got the feel-good factor that the Vase is bringing to the squad to build on too.”

 

And Adams expressed his gratitude to Valley’s supporters for contributing to the feel-good factor around the club.

 

He said: “First and foremost I would like to thank the fans for their support.

 

“It’s important that they know that we really do appreciate their contributions and hopefully they feel part of the togetherness and spirit that has been growing over the recent months.

 

“Football is a game of opinions and I know there will be times when people won’t agree with some of the decisions that are made.

 

“But at the end of the day, we all have the same objectives and ambitions and hopefully we can give the supporters even more to cheer about in 2022.”

 

Rugby play twice over the festive period with league games against Easington Sports and Coventry Sphinx either side of the New Year.

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