As Rugby Town climb back to the top of their division, elsewhere in the county, the fortunes of the three Warwickshire teams above them in the non-league football pyramid have been mixed this season, writes Jon Venner.
Having been promoted back to the Blue Square Conference Premier Division after a ten year absence, Nuneaton have struggled on the pitch and are currently in the relegation zone in 22nd place.
They have also been hit by off-the-field difficulties with an only recently-appointed acting Chairman and two other board members all resigning this month – to leave majority shareholder Ian Neale as the sole remaining Director.
However a level above Valley, Leamington are pulling away at the very top of the Southern League Premier Division – eight points clear of their nearest rivals Hemel Hempstead, and with games in-hand over both them and third place Stourbridge.
Having triumphed over Rugby in the first round of the Red Insure League Cup, the Brakes have since gone on to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition.Bedworth’s first season back in the same division has been an up and down affair, and they are currently 17th after a run of five games without a win – although they did also record a cup success over Dave Stringer’s side in a replayed FA Cup first qualifying round tie back in September.
The Greenbacks – managed by one-time Rugby defender Steve Farmer – had started the season with six fellow ex-Valley players in their line-up.
However Farmer has since rung the changes to his squad, which saw David Kolodynski return to Butlin Road to spearhead Town’s promotion bid, and Luke Keen, Ashley Robinson and Melvin Gourlay depart to Romulus, Daventry and Stratford respectively.
Chris Tullin also left for a while leaving Richard Wesley as the sole remaining Rugby old-boy by the end of November - however Tullin has since returned to action at the Oval.