21st Jan, 2020

Rugby Town fired up for FA Vase clash

Craig Gibbons 11th Oct, 2018

RUGBY Town warmed up nicely for Saturday’s FA Vase tie against Boldmere St Michael’s with back-to-back victories in the league.

Successive 4-0 wins over Newport Pagnell and Northampton ON Chenecks respectively in the United Counties Premier lifted Town up into third place in the table.

And Valley boss Carl Adams was understandably a happy man after watching his side comfortably secure a six-point haul within three days.

Speaking immediately after Tuesday evening’s win over Chenecks at Butlin Road, he said: “We have shown what a good side we can be and it’s particularly pleasing because the lads have proved they can bounce back from the disappointment of losing three games on the trot recently.

“They’ve shown their character and ability with eight goals in two games and also three straight clean sheets now, and hopefully they will back on it again in the cup at Boldmere.”

Adams would also have been pleased to see a number of his players are now finding form in front of goal.

Romario Martin, Lewis Rankin and Charlie Evans each notched in both the Newport and Northampton matches, with Danico Johnson continuing the great start to his Valley career with another goal at the weekend.

Town are now just a point behind second placed Daventry after their local rivals’ unbeaten start to the league campaign came to an end at home to Eynesbury on Saturday, with current division toppers Pinchbeck a further point ahead of that.

All top three clubs have now played eight games so far this season.

Rugby’s home league form has been particularly impressive, with four wins out of four and scoring fifteen times in the process.

However, Adams’ men will be out on the road for this Saturday’s Vase tie as they seek to at least match last season’s achievement when they reached the second round proper before losing to Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

Following a bye in the first qualifying round, Town then beat Ingles 2-0 to earn the trip to Boldmere who themselves have recorded comfortable home wins over GNP Sports (4-1) and Studley (3-0) in their preceding Vase fixtures.

The two sides met last year during Rugby’s one season stay in the Midlands Premier, with Valley completing the double over the Sutton Coldfield-based outfit.

They have also played each other four further times in cup competitions between 1974 and 1993, with Rugby yet to lose in a knockout format, including a Vase win after a replay in 1981 when John McGinty and Ian Crawley were on-target to settle a preliminary round replay at Butlin Road.

Meanwhile, Town’s youth team have reached the third and final qualfiying round of the FA Youth Cup following their 2-1 success against Wellingborough last Wednesday.

Lewis Padmore had given Rugby a half-time lead, with substitute Milan Kazimierczak grabbing a late winner to earn them a trip to Telford on Thursday (October 18).

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