AFTER last week’s cold snap had accounted for two of their fixtures, Rugby Town made a long overdue return to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Heanor at Butlin Road on Tuesday evening.
Last Wednesday’s short trip to Coventry United and the weekend’s game at Stourport were both victims of the influx of snow and freezing temperatures around the country, but the subsequent climatic turnaround then gave Valley a midweek opportunity to end their run of four defeats on the bounce.
The win saw them return to seventh place in the MFL Premier Division, leapfrogging Heanor.
Town are at home again this weekend, when Quorn visit in search of a quickfire double over Dave Stringer’s men after the Leicestershire club came out on top by a 3-2 margin three weeks previously.
A late George Bowerman strike earned the hosts the three points that day at Sutton Park, after Ruben Wiggins-Thomas had bagged a pair to overturn an earlier goal by Bowerman.
Quorn have had an inconsistent campaign to date and currently sit 15th in the table.
Stringer should have Sam Lockley and Stuart Hendrie back in the fold for Saturday, after Lockley served his one-match ban on Tuesday for his red card at Highgate, whilst Hendrie joined midfielder Harry Holloway in the unavailable category.
Mason Rowley was once more an unused substitute for the midweek success as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg back in September.
The popular centre-half will provide much-needed defensive cover for Stringer in the run-in now that Brad Harris has been released from his contract.