Two draws this week but still in danger zone
Rugby Town’s two draws over the past week sees them still down in 21st place in the Evo-Stik NPL South Division.
Valley followed up on their 1-1 result at Sheffield at the weekend by ending three apiece at home to Kidsgrove on Tuesday evening, as league action finally returned to Butlin Road after a seven-week absence.
The Kidsgrove fixture was the first of three consecutive home league games for Town, with Leek the visitors this weekend and Chasetown due at Butlin Road next Saturday for an early, 1pm kick-off.
Valley’s home run then ends with a cup tie against Ilkeston on Tuesday, November 10.
This Saturday’s opponents have had a good start to their campaign and are currently sitting in eighth place.
They too played out a 3-3 draw against Kidsgrove in their last league outing, and are just a point off the play-off zone in a table still headed by runaway leaders Stafford, who are eight points clear.
With a quarter of Town’s league season now played, Dale Belford’s side find themselves four points adrift of the nearest team above them - and with it safety - and the ex-Tamworth boss will be looking to end a, so far, winless October with victory on its last day.
Rugby have recorded four draws and three defeats so far this month, although only three of those matches have been in the league.
Full-back Craig Kelly has signed for Southern League Premier Bedworth after making more than 100 appearances in three and a bit seasons at the club. Kelly returned from injury recently to take up a less familiar midfield role in the two F.A.Cup ties against Brackley, and leaves to join another club struggling near the foot of its division.
Northampton Town duo Danny Clifton and Sam Warburton have both had their loan spell at Butlin Road extended for a third month, whilst another loan pairing Iwan Cartwright and Danny Reynolds have both returned to Wrexham. Fringe players Ash Gray and Spencer Smith have also left.
# In the absence of Belford’s normal assistant Steve Farmer, there was a familiar face helping out in the Valley dug-out on Tuesday evening in the form of Ron Bradbury.
Bradbury was at the club helm between 1993 and 1995, and with current Chasetown boss Dave Stringer also in the crowd checking out his near future opponents, it meant there were three past and present Valley managers in attendance.