James Jepson - a lot more to come from Rugby Town - The Rugby Observer

James Jepson - a lot more to come from Rugby Town

Rugby Editorial 9th Sep, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

JAMES Jepson believes his Rugby Town squad will continue to improve in the coming weeks following Saturday’s spirited 1-0 FA Cup win over Corby.

An early goal from the spot by Andy Gooding set up a second round qualifying tie at National League side North Brackley for the second season running.

Despite Saturday’s victory, Jepson did concede that his side have yet to fire on all cylinders in their opening six games this season, but he is confident of taking the club’s impressive cup form into the league.

“Of course we rode our luck at times, but we defended well and Louis Connor was superb in goal again for the second Saturday running,” said Jepson.

“The early goal was a real boost, but I thought we showed tremendous spirit as a unit in standing up to their pressure and there were some real stand-out individual performances too.

“We’re not fully into our rhythm yet and not controlling games as much as we would hope.

“Whilst we have played some decent football at times and managed to grind out some positive results, naturally we want to be able to dictate games and not just merely hang on to single goal victories.

“It’s a slow process, but we are confident that it will come. We’ve not been helped by the fact that almost every time we have had to swap things around due to players being injured or unavailable, but hopefully we have a more settled squad now and we can kick-on a bit in the league.”

Valley travel to the Coach & Horses Ground this Saturday to take on Sheffield who have made a poor start to their league campaign having yet to pick up a league point.

They were also dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend by Farsley Celtic, and Jepson is fully aware that it could be a good time to face the South Yorkshire club.

He added: “We should have all our senior players back for the weekend, and they are on a bad run, so we will definitely be going up there looking for a win.

“Darryl Thomas will be receiving treatment on his swollen ankle this week so hopefully he’ll be okay by Saturday, and we should have Louis Hamilton back fit too for the trip.”

“We are conscious that we need to keep the fringe players active now that the squad is nearing full strength again, so we will be looking at loaning out a couple of them over the next week or so, as it’s important they are playing regularly.”


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