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6th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Adams: Rugby have "nothing to fear" against Stourport ahead of FA Vase showdown

CARL Adams insists his Rugby Town players have “nothing to fear” as Valley prepare to face Stourport Swifts in the third round of the FA Vase.


Rugby are making their first appearance at this stage of the competition for 37 years after a stunning home win against Hinckley LR in the previous round.


And Valley come into the game in fine form having won nine of their last 10 matches which includes a 4-1 win away at GNG Oadby Town last weekend.


Adam Shaw scored twice on his full debut with Max Johnson and Edwin Ahenkorah also on target and boss Adams hopes his side can carry that momentum into the clash with Stourport.


Adams said: “We have nothing to fear this weekend, we are a team in form, whilst they haven’t had the best of seasons so far.


“It’s still going to be a tough test for us, and we need to ensure there is no complacency on Saturday, but hopefully we can be in that draw come Monday and maintain the great run we are currently on in the process.”


Shaw’s first goals for the club helped Rugby record a sixth successive win in all competitions against Oadby.


The striker opened the scoring on 18 minutes against the run of play after he ran onto Johnson’s pass before cutting in from the left and slotting into the right corner.


And Johnson’s exquisite free-kick on 33 minutes doubled Rugby’s lead thumping the ball in off the crossbar from distance.


Valley wrapped up the points on the stroke of half-time when Ahenkorah intercepted a poor back-pass and finished beyond Andrews.


Shaw then doubled his tally on 65 minutes with a deflected shot that wrong-footed Oadby keeper Charlie Andrews.


The home side scored a late consolation through Zico Thandi with nine minutes left to play.


Victory for Valley means they are now fifth in the United Counties League Premier Division South table.


Adams added: “Considering the issues we had with injuries and other absences going into the game, it was an excellent result for us at Oadby.


“After an early wobble when Ash (Bodycote) kept us in it with a number of good saves, I thought we played really well and did a very clinical job.”


Rugby’s match with Stourport on Saturday, December 11 kicks-off at 3pm at Walshes Meadow.

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