RUGBY TOWN: Good news and bad this week

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Potters Bar trip and Daventry derby

It was good news – bad news time on two fronts for Rugby Town supporters this week, as they reached the halfway point in their 2013/14 Calor League campaign.

Results-wise the weekend home victory over Hayes was followed with a narrow defeat at Royston on Tuesday evening, whilst the off-the-pitch boost provided by Seb Lake-Gaskin signing on contract until the end of the season was counterbalanced by the news that defender Craig Kelly is likely to be a long term absentee after he suffered a recurrence of a groin injury.

Lake-Gaskin has been in sparkling form of late, and has already grabbed fifteen goals this season playing in a variety of attacking positions – just four short of his 2012/13 total. However the loss of Kelly comes straight after he had returned to the side after a twisted ankle, after having also missed the final three months of last season with a groin problem.

Valley boss Dave Stringer will no doubt be spending most of the run-up to Christmas in search of new blood to boost his increasingly dilapidated squad, in-between preparing them for this Saturday’s first-ever visit to Potters Bar.

The Hertfordshire club were transferred over to the Southern League structure from the Isthmian one in the summer, and they will be looking to avenge their heavy defeat at Butlin Road in Valley’s opening home game of the campaign – when Town ran out 6-1 winners.

It has been mixed fortunes for the Scholars ever since, and they are currently 13th in a Central Division table still headed by Dunstable – with 2nd placed Rugby level on points with them, but trailing on goal difference and also having now played two games more.

Rugby’s festive programme continues with the local derby against Daventry on Boxing Day, before a trip next Saturday (28th) to North Greenford.

With the originally scheduled game at Barton on New Year’s Day having already been played on a blank weekend earlier in the season, they will then have a full week’s rest before hosting Aylesbury United on Saturday January 4th.

# The club coach to Potters Bar this Saturday will leave Butlin Road at 11.15am. For latest information regarding availability contact Tony Mann on 07970 691366.