RUGBY TOWN: It’s all over for another season

Seb Lake-Gaskin scores from the penalty spot   PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY
Seb Lake-Gaskin scores from the penalty spot PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY

Defeat in last game as Valley miss out on last play-off spot

In the end Rugby Town’s disappointing loss to Royston was irrelevant, as their rivals for the last play-off place, Barton Rovers won 1-0 at Aylesbury United.

Watched by a crowd of 312, Valley were beaten 3-1 at Butlin Road on Saturday, with the visitors going 2-0 up with goals midway through the first half and just after the interval. A Seb Lake-Gaskin penalty made it 2-1 with just four minutes to go, but Royston immediately finished things off with a third goal and Rugby’s hopes of reaching the play-offs for the third year running were over.

Going into their final game of the EvoStik Southern League Division One Central campaign, Rugby knew their fate was out of their hands. Even if they had managed to beat second-placed Royston, they needed Barton Rovers to slip up at Aylesbury United, with a draw at best.

It leaves Rugby sixth in the table, on 73 points, with Barton fifth on 78, Bedworth United fourth on 79 and Royston with 84. Champions Kettering were 11 points clear on 95.

See Thursday’s Advertiser for Jon Venner’s view of the game and more of Martin Pulley’s pictures

Mitchell Piggon started up front against Royston

Mitchell Piggon started up front against Royston

Lewis Rankin kicks up dust on the Butlin Road pitch on Saturday

Lewis Rankin kicks up dust on the Butlin Road pitch on Saturday