Games at Chertsey and Potters Bar
Rugby Town now face a quick fire doubleheader against teams struggling in the Calor Central Division, with trips to Chertsey and Potters Bar on Saturday and then Monday evening respectively.
Valley’s weekend home draw with Kettering means it is now just one defeat in eleven league games, as they look to return to the Premier level at the fourth attempt.
Saturday’s 773 Butlin Road crowd was Rugby’s largest attendance for a regulation league fixture in nineteen years, surpassed only by the Biggleswade play-off final last May and a 1995 FA Trophy replay against Altrincham in that time.
The turnout at Town’s upcoming fixtures is likely to be a far cry from the Kettering affair, with 21st placed Chertsey currently averaging little over 110 this season and 17th placed Potters Bar having only surpassed the ton mark once so far.
Despite their lowly position, two wins within three days have seen Saturday’s opponents double their points tally for the campaign, with the Surrey side having previously registered just one other league victory back in October.
Potters Bar have fared a little better, although they have been on the end of six goal defeats three times already – including the August reverse fixture at Butlin Road, when six separate Valley players were on target in a 6-1 scoreline.
Rugby fielded new signing Jamie Towers last Saturday, after they completed the signing of the wide midfielder from Calor League Premier Barwell.
Towers scored more than 50 goals during four years at the Leicestershire club, having also played more than 100 games in three separate spells at Leamington – whilst also featuring for Nuneaton in a successful non-league football career.
Lewis McBride – who was missing Saturday through work commitments – should be back in contention for Chertsey.
Sam Belcher and Justin Marsden will hopefully again be available, after both started on the bench against Kettering after long-term absences from injury, with Belcher making an appearance as a second half substitute.
Town have also re-signed Michael Williams with the versatile player returning from a short spell at Stratford.
# The coach to Chertsey will leave Butlin Road at 11am, with the Potters Bar one at 4.30pm.