RUGBY Town boss Carl Adams declared himself ‘reasonably happy’ with the start to the season after watching them comfortably see off Coventry United in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.
Sunday’s 2-1 success at the Butts Park Arena came on the back of a win and a loss in their opening two United Counties League Premier Division matches.
Danico Johnson’s brace for Rugby has now set up a home tie in the preliminary round against Evesham United at Butlin Road on Saturday, August 25.
Before then Valley return to league action on Saturday with their first home outing of the campaign against Boston Town.
“We made a really good start at Peterborough but the Leicester Nirvana game was a massive disappointment for us all,” said Adams.
“Hopefully that has acted as the kick up the backside we need and made the players realise they will have work hard for every point this year.
“Fortunately we were back on it in the cup at Coventry and I thought we coped very well considering we were without three of our best players.”
The experienced Richard Bunting was only fit enough for a place on the bench due to a groin injury and ex-Stratford duo Loyiso Recci and Lee Thomas both missed a rare Sunday outing for Town due to work commitments.
Adams is hoping Bunting’s niggle will have recovered in time for the weekend and should have a bolstered squad to chose from again with only Simeon Tulloch and Aiden Print currently out of contention.
“I look upon Saturday’s game as a big one for us,” said Adams.
“If we can win it, it will be three victories out of four and will give us much-needed momentum.
“It will be a welcome change to finally get out on a decent playing surface too.
“The three pitches we have had to deal with so far have been difficult to say the least, but it has shown the players what they will be facing this season as many of them are used to playing at a higher level and in better conditions.”