RUGBY TOWN: 'A huge month ahead,' says manager Carl Adams
Up to second in the league and a couple of season-defining games coming up
Rugby Town manager Carl Adams emphasised the importance of the next few weeks, after watching his team lift themselves up into second place in the UCL Premier Division for the first time this season following their 4-0 win at Desborough at the weekend.
Valley’s boss said: “It’s been a good time for us recently, but we’ve got a huge month ahead of us and the next couple of games in particular could be season-defining affairs.”
Town play host to fellow promotion challengers Deeping on Saturday, with current third place Quorn due to visit Butlin Road the week after and there is also a game against title favourites Shepshed on the near horizon.
Adams continued: “We’ve worked hard to pull ourselves back up into the pack, and whilst there is a misleading element to the table because some sides have games in hand, we are certainly in the mix again for a top two finish.
“A lot of top teams have still to play each other and the weather could also be a factor if it takes a turn for the worse over the next couple of months, so there will be many more twists and turns to come.
“We know we can’t afford to drop too many more points from now on, but it’s been a very pleasing month or so and we are scoring plenty of goals and keeping lots of clean sheets too, which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the campaign.”
Adams was watching as this weekend’s opponents Rangers qualified for the semi-final of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory at Shepshed on Tuesday evening, and his side will be looking to avenge for their recent 3-2 defeat against the Lincolnshire outfit in the reverse fixture between the two sides.
He said: “I felt we were unlucky not to get something from the game at their place, especially considering we played a significant part of it with ten men.
“They have showed both last season and this time round that they are a strong team, but hopefully we can continue with the excellent form that we have shown of late at Butlin Road and secure an important win.”
Following the Deeping and Quorn home matches, Valley hit the road - with six of the next seven being away games, including that testing encounter on February 1 at Dynamo - who returned to the top of the table after beating Quorn.
Town were without the ill Keenah Rosser and Kurtis Revan at Desborough, although Adams is hoping that Revan will return to the fold this weekend. Rosser’s availability is less certain, with the full-back struggling with the effects of an asthmatic condition.