RUGBY TOWN: No place like home as Valley host Oadby and Lutterworth
Fifth in league only six points adrift of top sides
With the halfway mark of the 2019/20 UCL Premier Division season fast approaching, 5th placed Rugby Town sit six points adrift of the table's top two Shepshed and Quorn.
Valley's latest outing at the weekend saw them brush aside Anstey Nomads 3-0, leaving manager Carl Adams relatively happy with his side's current status.
He said: "I've said all along that the target was to be in touching distance come the turn of the year, and also that it would be a tough ask with the way the opening two months of fixtures were scheduled.
"It was disappointing not to get something from last week at Deeping, as I thought we did really well there - especially considering we played so much of the game with ten men.
"We do seem to be on fire at Butlin Road at the moment though, so hopefully with two more winnable matches coming up at home, we can be in an even better position come the New Year."
The latest success for Town meant they have scored 23 goals in their last three Butlin Road outings, and also that they have conceded just once in the last eight hours of league football on their own turf.
Rugby host Oadby this Saturday in a game which was originally due to an away one, but has been switched due to problems with the Leicestershire club's ground grading.
Near neighbours Lutterworth Town then visit Butlin Road on Boxing Day, before Valley get back on the road for their first match of the new decade at Desborough on January 4th.
Town's Charlie Evans will miss both the Oadby and Lutterworth games, as he serves the final two thirds of his three match suspension, but Adams did add to his squad last week with the signing of wide player Kurtis Revan.
Revan began his second spell at the Valley by coming off the bench towards the end of the Anstey win - having started 12 times in his first spell under Dale Belford in the 2015/16 NLP campaign.
The 24 year old one-time Derby County academy prospect joins up from Southern League Premier Redditch, and boasts spells at higher level teams Corby, Leamington, Stratford, Barwell and King's Lynn during his non-league playing career.
Meanwhile leaving the club is midfielder Ben Bradshaw, who has made the move to Rugby's divisional counterparts Harborough. Bradshaw had only started twice since his arrival two months earlier.