RUGBY TOWN: Barwell final warm-up visitors

Lewis Hamilton    (PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY)
Lewis Hamilton (PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY)

Club welcome new physiotherapist

Rugby Town round off their pre-season schedule this Saturday with a home friendly against Barwell.

Tom Liversedge

Tom Liversedge

The fixture will give Valley boss Gary Mills a final chance to tweak his squad ahead of the start of their league campaign the following week at Loughborough Dynamo, when the club make their debut in the NPL structure.

Town were in action against a Northampton Town XI last night (Wednesday) on the back of another Butlin Road defeat last weekend, with a solitary late goal from King’s Lynn’s Jake Speight putting a slight dampener on what was otherwise a generally encouraging display from Mills’ side.

However before that the hosts had had the better of the play against their Southern League Premier opponents, and had also created the better chances ahead of Speight’s 88th minute clincher – a close range header to fellow substitute Jackson Ramm’s cross.

In the first half, Rugby’s Tom Liversedge had fired high of the target after he turned well on the edge of the penalty area, and David Kolodynski almost broke the deadlock ahead of the interval after fashioning something from a tight position on the by-line.

Aaron Opoku

Aaron Opoku

The Linnets’ Sam Mulready tested stand-in keeper Scott Dutton after the restart, before the home side had their best spell of the match with King’s keeper Alex Street first denying Callum Powell and then getting down well to keep out a well-struck Steve Towers free-kick.

Mason Rowley saw his header to Towers’ corner blocked on the line, and Kolodynski put another effort over the bar, with triallist Aron Wint also having a shot saved by Street after Tom Glasscoe had played him in shortly - before Speight struck his fatal blow at the other end.

After the match, defender Ryan Walker agreed to join the club for the forthcoming campaign after another assured performance – this time at full-back. He played for East Midlands Counties League Bardon Hill last season, having also previously been at AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Stamford, Gresley and Kettering.

Walker had featured in the first half of the previous week’s warm-up game against Solihull in a central role, but against King’s Lynn he shifted to the right hand side meaning skipper-for-the-game Rowley and recent signing Tom Ryan started in the heart of the defence instead.

David Kolodynski

David Kolodynski

Saturday’s visitors Barwell play in the Premier Division of Rugby’s new league, finishing a respectable 8th in the 2014/15 table under the management of ex-Atherstone and Shepshed boss Jimmy Ginnelly.

# Georgia Tew will be joining Town as its new physiotherapist. She will replace the original appointment Ben Beaumont, who was unable to take up the role due to unforeseen work commitments. Tew is a qualified Sports Therapist, having previously worked as a physio at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Ryan Walker

Ryan Walker

Steve Towers

Steve Towers