Rugby Town Preview

It’s the second part of the fascinating end of season champions trilogy as we are back at Elderstubbs for the United Counties League Premier Divison on Monday afternoon (3pm).

We have secured the Premier Division crown thanks to Sam Jackson’s set piece strike, and Alex Beck’s second half reply for Pinchbeck was enough to secure the title last Saturday.

Rugby enjoyed a win in the Premier Division at the weekend and now we have the chance to decide who will finish second in the league, as a home win will seal runners-up spot for Deeping Rangers.

Here’s all you need to know about Rugby…

Rugby’s Form

Cogenhoe United dented Rugby’s title charge at Butlin Road in early April. Their 1-0 win represented a defeat for Carl Adam’s team since an epic 3-4 loss at the hands of Eynesbury Rovers back in March.

Before that, they’d won 7 of 9 matches in in the Premier Division. They drew the other two, and one of those fixtures, which they won 2-0 at Deeping.

Since December’s 2-0 defeat against Daventry Town, Rugby have won 20 of their last 26 in all competitions.

One To Watch

Justin Marsden has become a hit with the Butlin Road faithful and returned for a third spell back in the summer. The 34-year-old has scored 68 times 284 games for the club between 2001-2005 and 2013-2015.

Marsden brings a wealth of experience to Carl Adams side as the midfielder has spent time at Hornchurch, Malvern Town, Leamington FC, Barwell, Nuneaton, Kettering Town, Bedworth and Stratford Town.

Justin’s move from Knight’s Lane has also seen him move into Adam’s backroom staff, but has certainly contributed to Rugby’s chase for the Premier Division title.

Last Five Meetings

26 December, 2018 – Rugby Town 0-2 Town – Premier Division – Creaney (67pen), Emery (85)
5 April, 2015 – Town 1-3 Rugby Town – NPL Division 1 South – Panzo-Antonio (2)
26 December, 2015 – Rugby Town 4-0 Town – NPL Division 1 South
18 April, 2015 – Town 2-0 Rugby Town – Southern League Central – O’Connor (81), King (85)
9 September, 2014 – Rugby Town 0-1 Town – Southern League Central – Berwick (60pen)

Previous Clash

You have to turn the clock back to Boxing Day for our previous meeting and a 2-0 victory in United Counties League Premier Division tie. A gripping contest witnessed by over 600 supporters was decided by two key moments.

First, Luke Emery was judged by the referee to have clipped by Keenah Rosser and Daventry were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute. Adam Creaney stepped up, Matt Hill read his take but couldn’t palm away to his left.

The second key moment came as Rugby’s task to get back into the fixture wondered off course, when Dominic Perkins received his marching orders for his part in a mass brawl, after Danico Johnson went in late on Taylor Orosz.

Then, with minutes remaining, the second. Emery was given the freedom to stroll through Rugby’s defence, cut inside and rifled home with his right foot, sparking elation inside Butlin Road.