RUGBY TOWN: Stringer expecting close finish to the season

Justin Marsden should be back in training this week
Justin Marsden should be back in training this week
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Marsden and Belcher should be back in training this week

Despite their inactivity, Rugby Town still remain in second place in the Calor League Central Division – eight points ahead of Royston in third.

Dunstable increased their lead at the top with a narrow weekend win over St.Ives, although they missed out on the chance of extending this to seven points when they could only then draw 2-2 at home to lowly Leighton on Tuesday evening.

Manager Dave Stringer commented: “Dunstable looked a decent side when we played down there before Christmas, and they are obviously the team to beat at the moment.

“However there’s a long way to go and I can see a few other sides coming into the equation before the end of the season and it being very tight at the top as result.”

Stringer was hoping to secure a marquee signing ahead of this weekend’s game with Kettering. He explained: “We’re close to adding someone who I believe could make a major impact for us, and if it comes off it could push us to where we want to be.

“Generally I’m happy with what I have in the squad now though, especially if we can get a couple of the injured players back in action over the coming month.”

Justin Marsden and Sam Belcher were both expected to resume training this week, after lengthy absences due to a dislocated shoulder and knee ligament damage respectively.

Stringer continued: “Justin could be back in contention in a couple of weeks hopefully, and we’re leaving it with Sam to plan his own comeback, but he really wants to give it a go and thinks the latest injury he suffered is not the same as the one that ruled him out at the end of last season.”

However Stringer confirmed that full-back Craig Kelly is likely to miss the rest of the campaign and that Robbie Banks had suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a broken leg eleven months ago at Royston, with the popular club captain now needing another operation.

He also confirmed that midfielder Andrew Spencer is also unlikely to feature again this season due to work commitments.

# The postponed trip to Aylesbury has already been rearranged, with the game at Haywood Way now scheduled for Tuesday 18th February.