21st Jan, 2020

Town cream of the crop at St George's Park

Ben Tyler 19th Nov, 2019

MANAGER Liam O’Neill has talked up the crop of promising talent coming through Rugby Town’s Academy after lifting the Premier League VAR tournament.

The under-19 tournament, organised by the professional referees association PGMOL, pitted National League side Aldershot against Valley’s young guns, with Cally Stewart and Eli Mangwa netting for Rugby in a 2-0 win at St George’s Park.

Rugby went unbeaten in their three group games in the lead-up to the final.

Commenting on the club’s second title at the national football centre this year, O’Neill said: “It’s a great achievement for us to win there again.

“It was a huge effort for our boys, as they’d had a really heavy schedule over the previous seven days.

“The 120 minutes at Grimsby in the FA Youth Cup followed by another match the following Monday and then a National League Cup match the day before St. George’s was gruelling to say the least.

“The way the lads handled four 60-minute matches to win the trophy was fantastic – their fitness levels were shown to be superb.

“We have had several Football League clubs enquire over the last few days about some of our players, so I think it speaks volumes for what we are trying to achieve here at Butlin Road in terms of the development of our young local talent.”

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