RUGBY TOWN: Beaten 1-0 by relegated AFC Hayes

Craig Kelly, Rugby Town's Star Man in Saturday's defeat at AFC Hayes   PICTURE BY MARTIN PULLEY
Craig Kelly, Rugby Town's Star Man in Saturday's defeat at AFC Hayes PICTURE BY MARTIN PULLEY

From victory over champions on Monday to defeat by bottom side

After their 3-0 triumph over the league champions last week, Rugby Town came back to earth with an almighty bump, losing 1-0 to relegated AFC Hayes on Saturday.

Belying their lowly league position, Hayes were a strong side, looking nothing like a team which had only managed seven wins all season. Rugby were also disrupted by the loss of both forwards to sickness in the first half.

The home side’s 40th-minute goal was enough to give them the three points and leave Rugby’s play-off campaign in a precarious position.

With just two games to play, away against struggling Daventry Town this weekend and at home to second-placed Royston on the 25th, Valley are currently fifth, in the final play-off spot, on 73 points.

Royston have 80 points, third-placed Aylesbury 78 while Bedworth in fourth are on 75 and with a game in hand. Sixth in the league, Barton Rovers are just a point behind Rugby on 72 and Hanwell in seventh spot on 68.