Valley keen to build on winning start
Rugby Town will be looking to build on their great start to the new season when North Greenford visit Butlin Road this Saturday.
Town kicked off their 2013/14 Calor League campaign with a 2-0 win at Aylesbury United and a 6-1 home thrashing of Potters Bar to top the early Central Division table, writes Jon Venner.
Rugby are only one of three teams with a maximum return so far, and following the North Greenford match-up, they then make the short trip to Daventry – another team with a 100% record - on Bank Holiday Monday.
Whilst Sam Youngs will still be on holiday for both games, manager Dave Stringer should have fellow midfielder Richard Blythe back at his disposal after he missed the midweek success, although he will surely find it difficult to change the starting line-up that coasted to yet-another extended margin home league victory.
Three times in 2012/13 Town registered wins by five goals or more at Butlin Road, having managed it just twice in total before in all the preceding 29 Southern League seasons combined, and this latest resounding return sets an impressive marker for the rest of the term.
Saturday’s opponents North Greenford opened up their season with a loss and a draw, coming on the back of three successive seasons of struggling near the foot of the table, during which time Town have won five out of the six games between them.
Rugby’s record at Daventry’s Communications Park in recent times is far less impressive though, with three straight defeats there after a 47 year gap in the local rivalry – including a 4-1 reverse in the corresponding fixture last year also played on August Bank Holiday afternoon.
# Contrary to the information printed in last week’s Advertiser, Town striker David Kolodynski is still short of Robbie Beard’s club record for goals in the Southern League. Back-to-back strikes in Valley’s first two games have taken Kolodynski to 80, but a recount of Beard’s record now has him on 84. Apologies for the confusion.
# To mark this year’s Non League Day, the club are inviting children aged 12 and under to take part as mascots in their chosen league team kit at Town’s home game against Slough on Saturday 7th September. The event will include a half-time penalty shoot-out competition. For further details check the club website or contact Tom Crinigan on 07865 094814.
# The North Greenford and Daventry games will kick-off at 3pm. There is no official club coach to Daventry on Monday.
PICTURE BY MARTIN PULLEY