Redditch United await after Rugby Town's fine cup victory over Evesham - The Rugby Observer

Redditch United await after Rugby Town's fine cup victory over Evesham

Rugby Editorial 30th Aug, 2018   0

RUGBY Town’s reward for their solid 1-0 FA Cup preliminary round victory over Evesham United is a trip to Redditch United in the first qualifying round.

Having dispatched a team a level higher than themselves at Butlin Road on Saturday, thanks to Richard Blythe’s second half strike, Valley must now face against a side two tiers above them in the non-League ladder on Saturday, September 8.

The two clubs have played each other 31 times in competitive fixtures over the past 35 years, but their most recent encounter came recently in pre-season when a close friendly match was decided in United’s favour by a late winner from ex-Rugby striker Luke Keen.

Town return to United Counties League Premier Division action this Saturday when Holbeach are the visitors for what represents a third consecutive weekend home game for Carl Adams’s ever-impressing line-up.

The 1-0 Evesham cup success came a week on from the 5-2 Butlin Road drubbing of Boston Town in the league, a result which gave Rugby a record of two wins and a loss from their first three league outings.

Saturday’s South Lincolnshire opponents have the same record from their initial trio – with the 3-1 opening defeat at current division toppers Daventry representing their only UCL blemish to-date.

Unlike Rugby, though, they failed to progress in the FA Cup having lost out to Deeping in the extra preliminary stage.

The unavailable Lee Thomas and the injured Stefan Blake both missed out on the Evesham win, with both expected to be back in contention for a place in this weekend’s squad.

Young striker Sam Lockley, who made such an impressive impact after he signed for the club in the second half of last season , made a first competitive appearance from the bench on Saturday, as he continued his comeback from an ankle fracture.

This now means it is only Simeon Tulloch and Aiden Print who have yet to feature for Valley so far this season from Adams’ current roster.

Despite appearing in the warm-up game schedule, Tulloch continues to struggle for match fitness after a long lay-off following knee operations a year and a half ago, although the arrival from Stratford and subsequent emergence of Charlie Evans has considerably softened the blow of his absence.

Meanwhile, local boy Print missed out on pre-season totally and is still some way from adding to his 67 appearances in a Town shirt over the preceding two campaigns.

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