RUGBY TOWN: Marsden returns to Butlin Road as club switches to new league

Justin Marsden playing for Rugby Town in 2015
Justin Marsden playing for Rugby Town in 2015

Valley set to play in United Counties Premier Division next season

The recently-appointed Rugby Town boss Carl Adams has already been busy preparing for the forthcoming 2018/19 season, as he looks to guide his new club back up to level four of the non-league football pyramid.

It has been just over a fortnight since the ex-Stratford Town manager made the switch over to Butlin Road, and Adams has now named his playing-assistant for the new campaign after confirming that ex-Valley favourite Justin Marsden will make a return to the club, writes Jon Venner.

He has also secured the agreement from five further players to be part of the new-look Town squad - who look set to take part in the United Counties League structure, after it was announced that Rugby have been moved across from the Midland Football League in the FA’s provisional allocations.

The 34-year-old Marsden returns for a third spell at Butlin Road after scoring 68 goals in 260 games in his first two stints with the club between 2001-2005 and 2013-2015, and he now follows Adams across from Knights Lane to make a first move into a backroom role, whilst also hoping to continue to contribute on the pitch too.

Marsden will be joined at Town by three more of last season’s regular Stratford line-up, with central defender Loyiso Recci, full-back Lee Thomas and winger Simeon Tulloch all set to join their old boss.

The versatile Trey Brathwaite - who featured for Town under Gary Moran in 2016/17 and for Dave Stringer last season - has also agreed to return again to Town, with ex-Solihull, Bedford and StIves keeper Matt Hill another one of Adams’ early captures.

The move into the UCL Premier Division - once ratified by the various leagues’ constitutional meetings - will see many new opponents for Town and comes after just one season in the MFL, which ended with a disappointing sixth place finish and the subsequent departure of Stringer from the Valley hot seat.

However, there is one very familiar face amongst the 19 other clubs named in Rugby’s new division though, with Daventry among the list of teams that look set to form part of the new season’s challenge for Adams’ side.

# Pre-season friendlies: The club have also announced a provisional pre-season schedule ahead of the kick-off of the campaign for real at the beginning of August, which includes three home games against teams from higher levels of the pyramid.

Evesham, Alvechurch and Bedworth are scheduled to visit Butlin Road on July 21st, 26th and 28th respectively, with other away friendlies at Heather St John’s, Sutton Coldfield and Racing Club Warwick completing the current warm-up line-up on the 7th, 14th and 24th of the same month.

# Provisional line-up for the 2018/19 United Counties League Premier Division: Boston Town, Cogenhoe United, Daventry Town, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Eynesbury Rovers, Harborough Town, Holbeach United, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester Nirvana, Newport Pagnall Town, Northants ON Chenecks, Oadby Town, Peterborough Northern Star, Pinchbeck United, Rothwell Corinthians, Rugby Town, Sleaford Town, Wellingborough Town, Wellingborough Whitworth.