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"Rugby getting back to their best" says Adams

Ben Tyler 23rd Oct, 2019

VALLEY manager Carl Adams believes the best is yet to come from his Rugby Town side after extending their unbeaten run to three games following victory at Boston Town.

Ryan Seal’s double and a well-taken finish from Dylan Parker eased Rugby to a 3-0 win, moving them up to seventh in United Counties League Premier Division.

After a difficult start, Adams is confident of making up some ground near the top of the table.

“We are on a good run now and with each game we seem to be getting a bit better too,” he said.

“I had always thought that the opening eight or nine league games would be very difficult for us.

“But we’ve got a mini series of teams in the lower half of the table now, so hopefully we can keep this run going and make up some ground.”

Jazz Luckie should have done better to test Boston keeper Travis Portas when heading Seal’s cross goalwards, while Parker poked an effort wide of the post from Jamal Clarke’s initial shot.

The hosts did clip Matt Hill’s crossbar, but they were soon behind moments after having a player sin-binned, when Seal drove the ball past Portas after linking up with Lewis Hayden.

Charlie Evans skimmed a dangerous strike goalwards after the break, proving a rare opportunity after a slow start to the half.

A second goal did arrive 12 minutes before the end when Seal put the ball on a plate for Parker to finish across the keeper into the net.

Rugby’s third came in stoppage time when Seal rounded Portas and finished into an empty net for his second of the afternoon.

Valley are tasked with hosting 12th-placed Desborough Town on Saturday (3pm), with a full squad set to be available to Adams after a period of change at the club.

Arriving through the door at Butlin Road is Barwell midfielder Cain Thomas, while midfielder Harry Holloway and striker Sam Lockley have departed for pastures anew.

Commenting on the two outgoings, the Town manager said: “Some of the lads were getting frustrated at not playing as often as they wanted to, so it makes sense to let them go and get game time elsewhere.

“We also felt that we need a bit of a refresh of our options, but the door is not shut for the likes of Harry and Sam in the future and we will be keeping a close eye on how they are getting on.”

Elsewhere, Rugby’s youth team are set to visit League Two club Grimsby Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup next week.

The tie, to be played at Grimsby’s Blundell Park home on Friday November 1, provides Valley’s young guns with the perfect stage on which to shine after four victories to reach this stage so far.


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