RUGBY TOWN: Boxing Day derby with Lutterworth next for home-loving Town

Rugby now have best goal difference in the UCL two main divisions

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 6:20 am
Danico Johnson challenges in the box in Rugby Town's 4-0 win over Oadby

Rugby Town's fans will be hoping that their imperious home form of late continues when Lutterworth are the visitors for the Boxing Day local derby.

Valley's 4-0 Butlin Road success over Oadby at the weekend meant it was now four straight victories own their own turf, with 27 goals scored in the process and none conceded in that run - a record which has ensured that Rugby now have the best goal difference in the two main divisions of the United Counties League.

Town boss Carl Adams was once more satisfied with his side's performance and also acknowledged the impact that has been made by centre-forward Danico Johnson who returned to the club recently.

Danico Johnson challenges in the box in Rugby Town's 4-0 win over Oadby Picture by Martin Pulley

He said: "It's been a boost to have Danico back with us and he has already helped himself to five goals in as many games, but what's equally as pleasing is that scoring contributions have been made by players from all positions on the pitch over recent weeks too and also the number of clean sheets we have had.

"Hopefully we can keep that form going on Boxing Day in front of a big Butlin Road crowd."

However Adams is hoping that he is not facing by a striker crisis for the festive match-up.

Already without the suspended Charlie Evans, he then was denied the services of Dylan Parker against Oadby, after the 20-year old forward was involved in a car accident in the week and was ruled out with a injury from this.

Johnson himself limped off late in the weekend victory, and with Evans serving the final match of his ban on Boxing Day, Adams will be hoping that Parker and/or Johnson can recover in time for the fixture.

Town do have other attacking options in the shape of player-assistant manager Justin Marsden and young prospect Lewis Padmore in reserve, with Padmore one of three Town Academy scholars to feature from the bench at the weekend - alongside Caine Elliott and the debuting Meluleki Mpande.

Rugby's latest win edged them up a place to fourth in a UCL Premier now topped for the first time by Quorn, following their 4-0 victory at third placed Loughborough University whilst previous summit occupants Shepshed were being held to a 1-1 draw at Anstey.

As a result, Quorn enjoy a two point advantage over their Leicestershire rivals, although they have played five more games than Dynamo.

Boxing Day visitors Lutterworth have made a decent start to the first ever campaign at this level, sitting in 9th spot with a symmetrical seven win, two draw and seven defeat record from their 16 fixtures to-date.

The two clubs have already met at Butlin Road this season, with Rugby comfortably seeing off their near neighbours by a 2-0 margin in the Preliminary Round of the League Cup back in August thanks to goals from Liam Francis and the since-departed Sam Lockley.