RUGBY TOWN: Through in FA VAse with 4-1 win over Smethwick

Another top performance by Josh Ruff   PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY
Another top performance by Josh Ruff PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY

Valley into first round proper of competition they won in 1983

Rugby Town beat Smethwick 4-1 on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Ruben Wiggins-Thomas scored Rugby's fourth goal in their FA Vase win

Ruben Wiggins-Thomas scored Rugby's fourth goal in their FA Vase win

Weakened by injuries and with players out of position, manager Dave Stringer’s men managed to lead 2-1 at half time, but then took control in the game in the second half to run out easy winners.

Josh Ruff scored first from one of his trademark free-kicks from the edge of the area. A long run from James Dance set up David Kolodynski for the next but the hosts replied with a header from a free-kick for 2-1 at the break.

Sean Castleton’s long ball found Aiden Print to make it 3-1 and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas made it 4-1 from a Trey Brathwaite assist to see Valley into the first round proper.

Town’s next game is on Saturday (30th) away in the league at Boldmere St Michaels.

Centre half Sean Castleton

Centre half Sean Castleton