RUGBY TOWN: At home to Chalfont St Peter

Scorer Richard Gregory at Marlow  (picture by Martin Pulley)
Scorer Richard Gregory at Marlow (picture by Martin Pulley)

Valley now level on points with third placed Aylesbury

Rugby Town have a brief rest from their extended road trip this weekend, when Chalfont St.Peter are the visitors to Butlin Road.

Last Saturday’s 3-2 success at Marlow came a week after another three goal success at Leighton, and also meant it was now four away wins on the trot for Valley.

Following on from this Saturday’s home outing, Town then face three more consecutive away games at Potters Bar, St.Ives and Godalming – before then finishing off the campaign with four out of seven in their own yard.

Saturday’s win saw Rugby pull level with third place Aylesbury FC, with both sides having the exact same record in terms of points, goal difference and goals scored, although the Buckinghamshire club have played one game less than Town.

Valley were able to eliminate the previous three point gap between them as a result of the Moles’ defeat in the top of the table clash at Kettering, where the hosts cemented their place in first place with a 1-0 victory.

The gap between Rugby and Kettering therefore remains an improbably uncatchable eight points, although the two sides are set to meet in one of those remaining Butlin Road outings on Easter Monday.

Valley will also host two other play-off contenders Barton Rovers and Royston before the regular season comes to an end, and therefore Rugby boss Dave Stringer will be hoping that his side’s recent patchy home form does not continue.

Saturday’s visitors Chalfont occupy a mid-table position in the Central Division, and following a 3-0 defeat at home to Hanwell at the weekend, the Buckinghamshire club have now failed to win in their last eight league matches.

Town have yet to lose in the seven games between them since the Saints’ elevation into the Southern League structure. This run includes the 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Mill Meadow, when a stoppage time equaliser salvaged the home side a point. Chalfont’s last visit to Town in April 2014 also ended all-square at 0-0.

# Mitchell Piggon has signed for Midland Football League One side Southam United, and he made his debut for them at the weekend in a 2-1 victory against Heather St.John’s.

The popular Piggon had re-joined Valley in November, after also having had a spell at the club last season. Unfortunately the striker pulled a hamstring in his first Town appearance, and since his return from injury he has fallen down the attacking options pecking order with the signings of Lewis Rankin and Richard Gregory.