TWENTY goals in the space of two games has left manager Carl Adams lauding his goal-hungry Rugby Town team.
Rugby followed up Saturday’s 8-0 triumph against Sleaford Town with an even more impressive showing in Tuesday night’s 12-0 thrashing of Desborough Town – bumping Valley’s goal difference up considerably.
As a result, Town are up to third in the United Counties League Premier Division on 27 points, nine points behind leaders Shepshed Dynamo having played two games more and trailing second-placed Quorn by three.
Reviewing a goal-laden few days for his side, Adams was understandably delighted, but warns of sterner tests ahead.
“I was really disappointed with the Northampton Chenecks defeat, but the lads have responded well and to score twenty goals in two games is a phenomenal achievement,” said the 45-year-old.
“I think people expected us to put a few past Sleaford, but to then go on and get even more against Desborough and play so well in the process is very pleasing.
“We’ve got a couple of tough games coming up though, so we won’t be getting carried away. But the table is looking a lot healthier for us now and it’s important we don’t let it slip again.”
In Saturday’s romping win over the bottom side in the league, Dylan Parker led the way with a hat-trick, opening the scoring on 18 minutes from Keenah Rosser’s delivery.
Liam Francis finally made it two from the returning Danico Johnson’s cross to allow the impending goal frenzy to take place after the restart.
Two from Parker to complete his hat-trick, a brace for Ryan Seal and one each for Charlie Evans and Jazz Luckie wrapped up the comprehensive win, providing Valley with the confidence to out-do themselves just days later.
In Tuesday night’s club-record victory, Johnson and Parker both ended the night with four-goal hauls between them, with the former helping get proceedings underway by teeing up Seal’s opener on five minutes.
He then scored his first goal since returning to the club 13 minutes later, lashing the ball into the corner after running onto Evans’ incisive through pass.
Parker and Evans extended the scoring further, before Johnson added his second on the half-hour mark with a low finish.
The striker did not have time to appreciate his earlier contributions before wrapping up his hat-trick on 34 minutes, completing a trio of strikes in the space of 16 minutes.
A seventh and final goal of the half for Rugby followed when Fazel Koriya dinked the ball over the keeper ten minutes from time, with Valley made to wait until the 55th minute for the next goal to arrive – courtesy of Johnson’s fourth of the game.
Parker tapped in from Lee Thomas’ centre before completing his second hat-trick in three days when lifting the ball over the hapless Chris Jones to make it ten.
There was no fortune about Luckie’s goal when he was well-placed to find the net from close range, while Parker matched the efforts of Johnson by finding a fourth in the final minute of play.
A trip to 12th-placed Rothwell Corinthians awaits Adams’ side on Saturday (3pm).