RUGBY TOWN: Up to ninth in table

Scorer Alex Gudger is buried in the celebrations as Town beat Beaconsfield last week (Picture by Martin Pulley)
Scorer Alex Gudger is buried in the celebrations as Town beat Beaconsfield last week (Picture by Martin Pulley)

Free Saturday, hosting Godalming on Tuesday

Rugby Town’s back-to-back wins over the past week have enabled them to shoot back up to ninth in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central Division table.

Valley followed up on their weekend 2-1 success at Beaconsfield with a 2-0 one at home to Potters Bar on Tuesday, and they are just four points shy of the play-off zone with a third of the league campaign now completed.

Town have a blank Saturday this weekend as a result of their recent FA Trophy exit at the hands of Stafford, but they return to action next Tuesday (4th) when Godalming are the visitors to Butlin Road.

The Godalming fixture is the second of three consecutive home league games for Town – as part of a run of five matches at Butlin Road in less than a month.

Rugby then play host to Aylesbury FC a week Saturday (8th), before a trip to Aylesbury United the following weekend, but they are scheduled to back at Butlin Road again on Tuesday 18th in the second round of the Red Insure (League) Cup against Redditch – with another league home game on the 22nd against Leighton.

Next Tuesday’s opponents the G’s are currently in good form, with their 1-1 draw at Beaconsfield on Monday evening extending their unbeaten run to six matches.

Valley only games against Godalming came in the 2012/13 season when the Surrey club ultimately finished in 3rd - one place below Rugby in the table. They were then transferred over to the South & West Division last time round, where they struggled before ending up in 18th, but this season has seen them return to form and they are currently in 4th.

Seb Lake-Gaskin must be a doubt for Town for next Tuesday after he was stretchered off in the Potters Bar victory after turning awkwardly on his ankle, although Alex Gudger will be back available again after he missed the game through suspension.

Lewis McBride may also be back in contention – having been unavailable for both of the recent victories, and boss Dave Stringer has also added Richard Morris and Lewis Rankin to his squad in the past week.

Goalkeeper Morris joins from Daventry – meaning Nick Bennion has now left the club, and 19-year-old Rankin is a midfielder who was released by Coventry City FC Academy at the end of last season.