RUGBY TOWN: Keen to get back into action

New signing Lewis McBride
New signing Lewis McBride

Weather frustration as they bid to build on unbeaten run

Having had their attempt of extending their unbeaten run to 12 games frustrated by the influx of snow at the weekend, Rugby Town will be hoping that the weather improves and the momentum they have built up in recent months is not lost.

Town’s home game against Beaconsfield last Saturday fell foul to the winter wipeout that accounted for the majority of the non-league programme, and with temperatures not predicted to rise significantly ahead of this weekend, Valley’s short trip to Woodford’s Byfield Road must also be a major doubt.

However Rugby are also due to host Ashford on Tuesday (29th) evening at Butlin Road, and Town’s Operations Manager Neil Melvin is more hopeful on that front.

He said: “We’ve been keeping a close eye on the forecasts and it looks like there might be improvement into the start of next week, so fingers crossed we can get the game on as we’re on a great run of form at the moment.

“However the challenge may change from a frozen, snow-bound pitch to a waterlogged one instead of course, through a combination of the thick level of snow melting and any additional possible rain coming at the same time.

“The players managed to train on our 3G astro pitch last week, but unfortunately it’s been out of action so far this week, which must be frustrating for them – but I guess that’s pretty much the same for most of the clubs in our division at the moment.”

Saturday’s scheduled opponents Woodford have had an absolutely dreadful 2012/13 season to-date, losing all of their 22 league fixtures as well as being knocked out in the first game of each of their four main cup competitions.

In those 22 league defeats they have conceded a whopping 84 goals, scoring only 13 at the other end, and they seemed destined to drop out of the Southern League after a six year stay there.

Tuesday’s visitors Ashford currently sit in eighth place in the Evostik Central Division - ten points adrift of the play-off zone.

However, they are on an impressive unbeaten league run of their own, with five wins and a draw from their last six matches.

Rugby opened the current campaign with an impressive 4-1 victory in Middlesex, with Seb Lake-Gaskin and Richard Blythe each grabbing a couple after the home side had taken a 29th minute lead.

Valley would, however, be looking for a first home success over the Ash Trees if the game goes ahead, having suffered two league defeats against them at Butlin Road within ten months in 2011.