RUGBY TOWN: Hosting Slough on Saturday

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Rugby Town return to league action this weekend, with the visit to Butlin Road of pre-season title favourites Slough.

After an exhausting midweek FA Cup replay success via a penalty shoot-out at Norton - where Valley played more than eighty minutes a man light following Lewis McBride’s red card, Dave Stringer’s side will need to dig deep into their energy reserves for the game.

Despite their early fancied status, the Rebels have had a poor start to the new campaign – registering just one victory from their opening four league fixtures, whilst also exiting from the FA Cup competition, after a 1-0 defeat in Tuesday evening’s replay at Cirencester.

Whilst Rugby have the edge over Slough in the past three seasons of competitive matches between the two clubs, the Berkshire club did land a shattering blow to Valley’s league winning hopes towards the end of last season with a 4-0 victory at Butlin Road.

Stringer should have midfielder Richard Blythe back available again for selection on Saturday after he missed the replay victory. However McBride will be absent due to work commitments for the game which is being played on Non-League Day – the official celebration of semi-professional football across the country.

Town are ninth in the early Calor League Central Division table, which is currently topped by local rivals Daventry, who now have five straight wins after recording another 5-0 home victory on Tuesday evening against Leighton. Rugby’s previous league game saw them dispatched by the same result at Communications Park of course.

Rugby’s FA Cup trail now continues next Saturday (14th) with a trip to Northern Premier League Nantwich.