RUGBY TOWN: Trip to Uxbridge

Massed defence hanging on against Leighton on Saturday (picture by Martin Pulley)
Massed defence hanging on against Leighton on Saturday (picture by Martin Pulley)

Ninth win sees Valley in and out of the play-off zone

Rugby Town will hopefully continue to show there is life after record scorer David Kolodynski when they travel to Middlesex to face Uxbridge this Saturday.

Valley’s 2-1 success over Leighton last weekend lifted them up into the play-off zone for the first time this season. However a midweek win for Chalfont St.Peter – their sixth in succession – saw them leapfrog Rugby, who were at the time engaged in Birmingham Senior Cup action against a side from Premier League West Brom.

Town will be without new signing Mitchell Piggon at the weekend, after the returning striker limped out of the Leighton game shortly after coming on as substitute.

Piggon’s torn hamstring will likely keep him out of action for at least a month, and with Seb Lake-Gaskin still suffering from an ankle injury – even though he was named on the bench against the Albion, Town boss Dave Stringer will no doubt be looking to bring in another option up-front as soon as he can.

Stringer has bolstered his midfield though with the addition this week of Robbie Burns.

24 year-old Burns started his career at Leicester City, coming through their academy to earn a professional contract, and featured for Tranmere in the Football League in a loan spell there.

On his release from the Foxes, he has gone on to play for Nuneaton in the Conference North and Cambridge City and Hitchin in the Southern League Premier Division.

He made his debut on Tuesday evening at Butlin Road, scoring Valley’s first in their 6-2 reverse.

Rugby’s record at Saturday’s opponents Uxbridge’s Honeycroft ground is unimpressive, with three defeats from the four trips there in recent years.

Last season’s 3-1 loss in March was a severe blow to Valley’s title aspirations at the time, and came despite Lake-Gaskin giving his side a 65th minute lead.

This weekend’s hosts are currently 18th in the table, and go into the game on the back of four straight defeats – whilst last Saturday’s Town win was their fifth in six league outings.

# The coach to Uxbridge will leave Butlin Road at 11.00 a.m. For latest information regarding availability, contact Tony Mann on 07970 691366.

# After Saturday’s trip, Town’s league schedule continues with successive weekend home games – with North Greenford and Hanwell the visitors to Butlin Road on the 6th and 13th of December respectively.