RUGBY TOWN: Manager Carl Adams reflects on a missed opportunity as Valley lose to Quorn

Lessons to be learned as Town slip from top spot

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 3:46 pm
Manager Carl Adams shouts encouragement to his team in their game against Quorn which ended in a 3-1 defeat PICTURE BY MARTIN PULLEY

Rugby Town boss Carl Adams reflected on a missed opportunity at the weekend, after watching his side slip to a 3-1 home defeat to Quorn.

Valley’s run of six straight Butlin Road victories came to an end in the process, and the reverse also saw Town lose their spot at the top of table after Shepshed returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success at Harborough.

Rugby had dominated the first half on Saturday and were good value for the lead given to them by Danico Johnson’s goal, but they disappointed after the break and conceded three times to their third-place opponents.

Adams said: “I didn’t see that second half performance coming to be honest, especially after the way we have played of late and especially in the previous 45 minutes.

“We really should have taken advantage of being on top and scored a second, but credit to Quorn they were clinical and made us pay.

“We now need to pick ourselves up and go again, and hopefully learn lessons from what happened out there.”

Town’s hopes of an immediate bounce-back were scuppered by the postponement of Tuesday night’s planned fixture at Rothwell.

The Northamptonshire club’s Seargants Lawn pitch was deemed unplayable following an afternoon pitch inspection.

Club Director Neil Melvin explained: “Apparently there was a reserve team game there at the weekend, and that appears to have ruined the playing surface which was described by the official as a ‘pudding’ and one on which the ball wouldn’t bounce properly.”

Next up for Rugby is a trip to Cogenhoe this Saturday, where they will face a side struggling in the bottom half of the UCL Premier Division table.

The Cooks are currently in 17th spot following their 4-4 draw at Wellingborough last time out, in a game which saw them overturn a 3-0 deficit only to concede a last gasp equaliser.

Adams is hoping to have both Lee Thomas and James Hancocks available for a place in the starting eleven, after the pair were only fit enough for the bench against Quorn due to injury niggles.

# The postponed Rothwell fixture has been rescheduled for Tuesday 18th February.