FOOTBALL - Valley held by Bedworth as Pershore friendly cancelled - The Rugby Observer
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12th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Valley held by Bedworth as Pershore friendly cancelled

RUGBY Town played out a dull goalless draw with Northern Premier League Division One side Bedworth United ahead of their season opener against Cogenhoe United at Butlin Road this weekend.

Manager Carl Adams again had positives to take out of the game with a clean sheet at higher division opposition despite Valley not creating too many clear cut chances.

Trialist striker Harry Wakefield, formerly of Shepshed, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Stratford and Basford amongst others, was given a starting berth with fellow trialist Kaylum Mitchell deployed from the bench.

Rugby’s only meaningful shot on goal in the first period came early on through a Kolodynski effort which lacked power and was easily saved by Sam Lomax.

Bedworth should have taken the lead when Dan Summerfield’s soft back-pass provided a perfect throughball for the Greenbacks striker but Ash Bodycote was quick off his line to stop the one-on-one effort.

And Bodycote made two further saves in the first half to keep Bedworth at bay which included a fine stop to deny Jazz Luckie before the bar came to Rugby’s rescue when the keeper was beaten by a floated effort from outside the area.

Valley’s second half keeper Matt Hill made a couple of saves to keep the scores level, including one from his own poor clearance.

Dan Summerfield had a rare glimpse of the Bedworth goal late on after a good run and link-up with Justin Marsden but he could not quite get his shot away and the ball was blocked for a corner.

And Rugby announced earlier this week that their home friendly with Pershore Town has been cancelled with several players in the squad nursing minor injuries ahead of the season opener.

Rugby begin their United Counties League Premier South campaign at home to Cogenhoe United on Saturday, July 30 with kick-off at 3pm at Butlin Road.

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