FOOTBALL: RUGBY Town boss Dave Stringer admits there’s still ‘plenty more to be done’ ahead of Town’s opening Midland Football League Premier Division clash against Sporting Khalsa on Saturday.
Stringer’s men were boosted on Saturday when defeating Coventry United in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, despite having Josh Thornton sent off after just 16 minutes of play.
A brace from David Kolodynski helped Town advance to the second qualifying round, and Stringer hopes the success from Saturday and pre-season can be translated into league form.
He said: “It’s been pretty much non-stop since I took over.
“There was a lot of work and meetings held to convince players to come here and commit, and then came the hard graft of preparing the new squad for what we know will be a tough season.
“We have achieved a great deal so far and I am relatively happy with what we have been able to bring together and where we are with them right now, but we know there is still plenty more to be done.”
Town’s successful pre-season will now face the ultimate test – and with only one of the 22 teams in the Midland Football League’s highest division gaining promotion, Stringer’s men face a tough season ahead.
“Overall it’s been a pleasing pre-season campaign in terms of both performances and results,” said Stringer.
“The only defeat came against what I consider to be a very good Banbury side, who I believe will be up there challenging at the top of the Southern League Premier this season.
“Obviously we are still very much a side that is work in progress as it takes time for a new team to properly gel together, but we have seen lots of positive signs in the games played.”