By Jamie Arrowsmith 16/04 Updated: 16/04 11:16
RUGBY Town kept their Southern League Division One Central play-off hopes alive with two victories over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Captain Nik Preston netted the only goal of the game on Monday as Town overcame local rivals Bedworth United at Butlin Road to follow on from Saturday’s 2-0 success at Chalfont St Peter.
Preston struck five minutes before the break when scrambling home from close range after Seb Lake-Gaskin had crashed a near post header against the bar following Richard Allen’s corner.
Substitute Michael Williams proved Saturday’s hero as he struck twice in the last five minutes to give Dave Stringer’s side all three points at Chalfont.
Valley went into Saturday’s game with Lake-Gaskin the only available striker but with Preston returning to the starting XI, Ross Miller was pushed further upfield.
With the hosts only four points behind Valley they still harboured an outside chance of making the play-offs before kick-off.
Town made the brighter start with a half chance in the first minute but Miller could not connect with Lake-Gaskin’s flick and home keeper Mark Oliver collected.
Rugby had most of the possession early on and Lake-Gaskin had the best chance of the half in the 23rd minute when he collected the ball 20-yards out but his effort cleared the bar with Oliver off his line and beaten.
Chalfont offered little as an attacking threat but David Lawrence find space for a shot, though his effort was saved by Dave Bevan.
The visitors continued to look more threatening in the second half but Lake-Gaskin dragged an effort wide before Luke Leahy and Richard Blythe missed decent chances.
Just when it appeared Rugby were heading for another 0-0 draw, Williams was introduced and he made an immediate impact.
Good work from Lake-Gaskin down the right saw him cross a super ball which was chested down by Leahy and Williams found space to volley home a bullet shot - a superb goal from a player who had only been on the pitch for 90 seconds.
With Chalfont struggling to reply, Rugby sealed the points two minutes into injury time when Williams slotted home from a tight angle from Blythe’s accurate pass.
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