RUGBY TOWN: Two games in three days

Craig Kelly in Tuesday's cup game against Banbury United
Craig Kelly in Tuesday's cup game against Banbury United

Ashford on Saturday, Beaconsfield on Monday

Rugby Town face two league fixtures in three days, with Ashford the visitors to Butlin Road on Saturday ahead of a trip to Beaconsfield on Monday evening.

Town moved up into fourth place in the Calor League Central Division after their 4-1 win at Barton last weekend, before another handsome home victory against Banbury saw them into the second round of the Red Insure Cup.

Saturday’s opponents Ashford have struggled so far this season, and are just one place off bottom spot, so Valley will be hoping to carry on from where they left off against the Middlesex side last time out when they completed a 4-0/4-1 double over them.

Beaconsfield currently sit just outside a play-off zone they have successfully reached in the last two campaigns – most recently losing to Town in the semi-final stage at the end of April thanks to a solitary extra-time strike by Sam Youngs.

Despite the good run of form, Rugby manager Dave Stringer continues to strengthen his hand both on and off the pitch.

Stringer has added the experienced Ady Fuller to his management team, recruiting the ex-Daventry, Banbury and Bedworth boss as his assistant.

Following the confirmation of the signing of striker Mitchell Piggon last week, Stringer is also looking to add wide man Josh O’Grady to his squad ahead of the weekend. The 24 year-old O’Grady played under Fuller at all three fore-mentioned clubs, and was also part of the Stratford team that won promotion into the Southern League at the end of last season.

# The funeral service for Barrie Fergusson – the club’s trainer/physio for their 1983 FA Vase triumph - will be at 2pm on Friday 1st November at St. James Parish Church, Southam, followed by cremation at Banbury Crematorium. For more details, visit the club website

# The coach to Beaconsfield on Monday will leave Butlin Road at 5pm. For latest information, contact Tony Mann on 07970 691366.

# Town’s youth team were scheduled to play Worcester City in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup last night (Wednesday), with a place in the first round proper of the competition and a home tie against Halesowen at stake.