MANAGER Carl Adams is hoping his side can learn their lesson from last weekend’s defeat to Shepshed Dynamo, ahead of visiting Loughborough University on Saturday (3pm).
Liam Hurst’s 72nd-minute winner put an end to Valley’s unbeaten streak in the United Counties League Premier Division, though Rugby end the opening month in the campaign in fourth after two wins, two draws and a defeat.
Loughborough have won each of their opening three fixtures to date and are yet to concede in the league, leaving Adams’ men with their first big challenge of the season.
“They have got an excellent set-up there with a good playing surface, which will hopefully help our game,” he said.
“But they have started well, so it will be a tough challenge.
“It was always going to be a challenge to integrate six or seven new players into the squad from last season.
“But I believe that we have a good spirit in the camp at the moment and hopefully we can show the necessary character to bounce back from last week’s defeat.”
Valley head for Leicestershire without captain Loyiso Recci, adding to the absence of Keenah Rosser, leaving Adams unable to field his strongest XI to date this campaign.
One positive for Town is the addition of Fazel Koriya – who signs for a fourth term with the club – and will be available for Saturday’s fixture.
Rugby have been handed a tough home tie in the Birmingham Senior Cup against League One side Coventry City, following Tuesday’s first round draw.