Following their midweek FA Cup exit at Bedworth, Rugby Town now face a quiet spell with just one game scheduled over the next couple of weeks or so – in the shape of another local derby cup tie in the first round of Birmingham Senior Cup against Nuneaton next Tuesday (18th).
Valley’s FA Cup adventure cruelly came to an end at the Oval, when the Greenbacks struck in the second period of extra time – after Town had shown good spirit and more than matched their Southern League Premier opponents for large parts of the tie as a whole.
The enforced absence from competitive action comes as a result of the club being handed a bye for the opening round of the FA Trophy this weekend, and then the postponement of the scheduled league game with Thatcham the following Saturday (22nd) – after the Berkshire side qualified for the next round of the FA Cup after a win at Marlow.
Tuesday’s cup game against Nuneaton will be the thirteenth competitive game between the two clubs, with Rugby only enjoying one victory to-date – way back in 1987 in a 4-0 FA Cup success.
The Borough are now back in the Blue Square Conference Premier following a run of three promotions in four seasons, after their forced relegation down to the Southern League regional division as a result of financial irregularities.
However they currently sit just above the Conference Premier drop zone after just two wins from their opening eight league games, with a defence which includes ex-Valley favourite Delroy Gordon having leaked 19 goals - including six last weekend in the defeat at Woking.
Rugby will again be without midfielders Richard Blythe and Michael Williams, who also both missed the Bedworth replay defeat.
Williams will be serving the second of a three game ban for his recent sending-off at Daventry, and a change in work circumstances means that Blythe is now unavailable for Tuesday evening matches.
Valley boss Dave Stringer has lined-up the signing of a new player, with attacking midfielder/striker Tyron Amory likely to join the club.
Amory, 23, was at Derby County as a youngster and has since featured at a number of non-league clubs including Atherstone, Coleshill, Sutton Coldfield, Corby, Barwell and Daventry.
The arrival of Amory should be balanced by the departure of another though, with Rob Foster set to leave the club after he failed to make a breakthrough to the Town starting eleven following his arrival at Butlin Road from Long Buckby in the summer.
n The FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round game between Rugby Town and Ellesmere Rangers will now be played on next Thursday, September 20.