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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:30

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RUGBY Town will hope to close the gap on the four teams above them in the Southern League Division One Central table by securing a fifth successive victory when they travel to struggling Leighton Town on Saturday.

Saturday’s 2-0 home victory over Fleet Town kept Town in the final play-off place with 16 games played and assistant boss Craig Herbert believes that as long as the team can continue to play to their strengths, they can remain in the mix at the end of the current campaign.

“We’ve got a fairly young side with plenty of players in their early 20s, but they have worked hard for us - especially away from home where we have only lost once in the league,” he said.

“Hopefully we have also turned the corner at Butlin Road too after a couple of good wins.

“We know we’re not the biggest side, but we do have good footballing ability and I believe we have two of the best strikers in the division. So if we can stick to our game plan, get the ball down and play it to feet, we can be a match for anyone.”

Advantage

Reflecting on the Fleet game, Herbert continued: “We were well on top in the first half, and our performance reminded me of the Guildford game where we were three up in the first quarter of an hour or so.

“However, this time we didn’t take advantage of it in the same way and only got one goal before half time. We panicked a bit in the second half, tried to force the play and ended up playing it too long.

“Fortunately we got there in the end, and it was also great to get our first clean sheet for a while.”

With the exception of Michael Williams, who suffered a reaction to his long-standing ankle injury in his return to action recently, Town should have a full squad to choose from - including midfielder Richard Blythe, who returned to the club last week now that his work situation mean he is able to commit himself fully again.

Another face returning to Butlin Road is Ross Miller, who has joined Stringer’s back room staff in a playing/coaching role.

Miller originally joined the club in November 2011 featuring in 29 matches, before leaving earlier this season to sign for Halesowen.

Miller’s return is particularly timely due to the forced absence of another of Stringer’s team, Danny Hall.

Herbert explained: “Danny has just had an operation on his knee and he has text me to say it went successfully. It looks like he will be on crutches for about six weeks and we are all looking forward to seeing him back at the club as soon as possible.”

THE coach to Leighton will leave the clubhouse at 12.15pm. For more information contact Tony Mann on 07970 691366.

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