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[16 AUG 00] NEW PLAYERS, NEW SEASON, NEW NAME FOR VS

It is not just a case of a few new players, the team at Butlin Road is now playing under the new name of Rugby United. MORE

[28 JUN 99] ALL CHANGE FOR VS RUGBY

Rugby has left the Midlands and is now in the south, but Warwick, which is further south than Rugby, is still in the Midlands!  MORE

[26 MAY 99] NEW VS RUGBY OWNER

A Rugby company are so committed to local football club VS Rugby that they have not only decided to sponsor the club, but to buy it as well!  MORE

[30 APR 99] SUTTON COLDFIELD v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

VS Rugby, fresh from their 2-1 win over Cinderford in midweek, round of their league campaign at Sutton Coldfield. They may still have another game in the Midland Floodlit Cup but manager Martin Sockett has his sights set on a weekend win and a jump up the table.  MORE

[25 APR 99] VS RUGBY 2 CLEVEDON 2

[23 APR 99] VS RUGBY v CLEVEDON - PREVIEW

VS Rugby go into their home clash with top of the table Clevedon knowing that places in the side to play Corby in the Midland Floodlit Cup are at stake.  MORE

[17 APR 99] WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2 VS RUGBY 0

[16 APR 99] WESTON-SUPER-MARE v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

It could be a case of commitment versus cash when VS travel to Weston-Super-Mare. The home side have been spending big recently, even taking league players on loan and have had a good run as a result.  MORE

[10 APR 99] VS RUGBY 0 EVESHAM 2

[09 APR 99] VS RUGBY v EVESHAM - PREVIEW

VS Rugby manager Martin Sockett can put away his boots this weekend after an unscheduled stint as a sub over the Bank Holiday weekend. Thirty-nine-year-old Sockett, who regularly turns out for the club’s highly successful veteran’s side, was forced on to the bench for Monday’s defeat at Stamford but is hoping to have most of his injured and unavailable players back for the visit of Evesham.  MORE

[05 APR 99] STAMFORD 2 VS RUGBY 1

[27 MAR 99] REDDITCH 1 VS RUGBY 0

[26 MAR 99] REDDITCH v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

In-form VS Rugby travel to Redditch confident they can continue the run that has seen them lose just one game in 10. They managed a 3-3 draw with high-flying Bilston Town last week – without playing well and that has given boss Martin Sockett great heart for Saturday’s away fixture.  MORE

[20 MAR 99] VS RUGBY 3 BILSTON TOWN 3

[19 MAR 99] VS RUGBY v BILSTON TOWN - PREVIEW

VS Rugby go in search of their first double of the season when they entertain third-placed Bilston Town on Saturday. Bilston had not lost at home and VS had not recorded a win on their travels when Sockett’s men chalked up a 4-2 win their early in the campaign. He would happily settle for a repeat scoreline.  MORE

[12 MAR 99] VS RUGBY HAVE NO GAME

VS Rugby have no league game on Saturday but are still hoping to keep their impressive run of form going. Their victory over local rivals Racing Warwick they have lost just one in eight games and won three out of their last four.  MORE

[06 MAR 99] STOURBRIDGE 0 VS RUGBY 1

[27 FEB 99] MOOR GREEN 0 VS RUGBY (0) 1

[26 FEB 99] VS RUGBY v MOOR GREEN - PREVIEW

VS Rugby boss is hoping to trade on Moor Green’s problems when the two meet at the Moorlands tomorrow. The home side have lost their keeper and leading central defender in the last two weeks and were hammered 5-1 by Hinckley in the league in midweek.  MORE

[19 FEB 99] CINDERFORD v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

VS Rugby could be at full strength when they travel to Cinderford – and go there on a run of five unbeaten games out of six. The hard-fought 2-1 win over Paget Rangers last weekend has seen Martin Sockett’s men narrow the gap on a group of teams just above them in the table.  MORE

[13 FEB 99] VS RUGBY 2  PAGET RANGERS 1

Paul John’s late goal brought fourth-from-bottom VS three valuable points.  MORE

[12 FEB 99] VS RUGBY v PAGET RANGERS - PREVIEW

VS Rugby could welcome back midfield duo Scott Machin (toe) and Darren Beckett (knee) after injury when they take on Paget Rangers at home. VS are on a good run and fought back well to rescue a point after going two down at Racing Warwick last week.  MORE

[06 FEB 99] RACING CLUB WARWICK 2 VS RUGBY 2

Both clubs remained firmly anchored in the bottom four after this close encounter. Warwick had the edge in the first half but former team mate Brian Agar struck two goals for Rugby after the interval to produce a share of the spoils.  MORE

[05 FEB 99] WARWICK v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

VS Rugby maybe forced into changes for their clash at Racing Warwick but manager Martin Sockett is keeping his cards close to his chest. It is a clash of the old boys with Socket, assistant Martin Smith, Simon Williams, Kieren Sullivan, Jamie Lenton, Phil Murphy and Brian Agar all returning to their former hunting ground.   MORE

[30 JAN 99] VS RUGBY 1  NEWPORT AFC 2

VS began brightly against the promotion chasers, but they saw their lead slip away despite creating several good scoring chances. Brian Agar opened the scoring for Rugby with a spectacular overhead kick in the 10th minute and he was denied a second by a brilliant save from goalkeeper Andy Fisher.   MORE

[23 JAN 99] VS RUGBY 3  SOLIHULL 3

VS were held to a draw in a thrilling climax to this match in pouring rain at Butlin Road.  Ian Scott equalised for Rugby in the last minute and then in injury time Solihill missed a penalty.   MORE

[22 JAN 99] VS RUGBY v SOLIHULL - PREVIEW

VS Rugby boss Martin Sockett has told his players that they must cut out the silly errors that have cost the team dear in recent weeks. The strugglers lost 3-0 to Blakenhall last week but had enough chances to get something out of the game.  MORE

[16 JAN 99] BLAKENHALL 3  VS RUGBY 0

Premier Division clubs Nuneaton Borough and Atherstone United and Midland Division club Racing Warwick had no matches at the weekend. Bedworth United, also in the Midland Division, were scheduled to play Evesham, but the match at Bedworth Oval was postponed through a waterlogged pitch.  The only local team in action was VS Rugby, who must wish their match too had been a victim of the weather.  MORE

[15 JAN 99] BLAKENHALL v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

VS Rugby look set to lose the services of Lee Harriman. The midfielder is to sign for Premier Division Gresley, but Ashley Warner has turned down a similar move.  MORE

[09 JAN 99] VS RUGBY 0 MOOR GREEN 2

Rugby sank into deeper trouble at the wrong end of the table against fourth placed Moor Green. The home side were outclassed and the big striker Emeka Ejiofor rolled home the first goal, his second in two matches since joining on loan from Burton Albion.  MORE

[08 JAN 99] VS RUGBY v MOOR GREEN - PREVIEW

VS Rugby will be told that they owe the supporters a good performance before they run out to face Moor Green tomorrow. Boss Martin Sockett was not satisfied with their last home game – they lost 1-0 to Sutton Coldfield – and he is demanding more.  MORE

[02 JAN 99] VS RUGBY 0 SUTTON COLDFIELD 1

VS were so poor their manager Martin Sockett apologised to their fans. Rugby had beaten Stamford in their last match and went into this one with high hopes of another victory, but their form was abysmal.  MORE

[27 DEC 98] VS RUGBY 2 STAMFORD 1

A last minute winner ended Rugby’s run of six straight defeats. The scorer was the substitute Danny Finlay. VS defender Danny Green thumped a long kick upfield, Paul John won the aerial challenge and the ball fell to Finley who headed into the net.  MORE

[26 DEC 98] SHEPSHED DYNAMO 1 VS RUGBY 0

Shepshed always created the better chances but there was never much between the sides and Rugby could have claimed some reward from a scrappy match.  MORE

[24 DEC 98] VS RUGBY v SHEPSHED - PREVIEW

VS Rugby boss Martin Sockett will be looking for his side to carry on where they left off at the weekend when they take on Shepshed on Boxing Day.  MORE

[19 DEC 98] VS RUGBY 2  STAFFORD 3

VS cheered their supporters with a tremendous second half fight back which almost brought them a deserved point. They had looked all over losers in the first half when they went two goals down in the first twelve minutes, but they slowly began to pull the game round and the faithful were given something to cheer when Darren Beckett slammed home a 25 yards free kick in first half injury time.  MORE

[18 DEC 98] VS RUGBY v STAFFORD - PREVIEW

VS Rugby entertain Stafford Rangers looking to get back to winning ways after four straight defeats. And Martin Sockett’s hopes of fielding a settled side have taken another blow.  MORE

[12 DEC 98] EVESHAM UNITED 3  VS RUGBY 1

VS squeezed to within one goal of the home side but it was too close to the end of the match to have any significance. In any event Evesham added a third in late stoppage time.  MORE

[11 DEC 98] EVESHAM v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

VS Rugby manager Martin Sockett has suffered another blow before the crucial Dr Martens League game at Evesham on Saturday. Sockett, whose side are on a dismal run and who has been without several leading players, will have to do without striker Ashley Warner who is unavailable.   MORE

[05 DEC 98] VS RUGBY 0  BLAKENHALL 1

A 24th minute goal by Blakenhall's Michael Williams settled this scrappy encounter. Williams leaped unmarked to head in Les Palmer's free kick and it turned out to be the only goal of the game.   MORE

[04 DEC 98] VS RUGBY v BLAKENHALL - PREVIEW

VS Rugby manager Martin Sockett has had his hopes of a solid squad wrecked by injury, work and other commitments as he prepares his side for the home game with Blakenhall.   MORE

[28 NOV 98] BEDWORTH UNITED 2  VS RUGBY 0

The fifth meeting of the season and the fourth in November between these teams ended emphatically in Bedworth's favour.   MORE

[27 NOV 98]  BEDWORTH UNITED v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

Bedworth United take on VS Rugby for the fourth time this month in the league on their own ground on Saturday.  It is the fifth time they have met this season in league and cups and Bedworth, with two wins and two draws under their belt, will be highly confident of another success. MORE

[14 NOV 98] PAGET RANGERS 5  VS RUGBY 2

Vs had no complaints after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Northamptonshire side. They were 2-0 behind at the interval through goals from Trevor Burrows and Kevin Casson. MORE

[13 NOV 98] PAGET RANGERS v VS RUGBY - PREVIEW

Martin Sockett could be without two key players when he takes his side to Paget Rangers. VS fought out a second successive draw with Bedworth on Wednesday and finished the game very strongly – but it came at a cost.  MORE

[11 NOV 98] VS RUGBY 1  BEDWORTH UNITED 1

The teams still cannot find a way to beat the other. After drawing 4-4 on Saturday in the League, this cup tie again ended all square and they have to meet twice more during November. MATCH SUMMARY

[07 NOV 98] VS RUGBY 4  BEDWORTH UNITED 4

The first of four meetings between these sides during November, produced a goal glut and it needed a strike by Robbie Beard to finish off the scoring for Bedworth five minutes from time. MATCH SUMMARY

[06 NOV 98] VS RUGBY v BEDWORTH - PREVIEW

VS take on local rivals Bedworth in the first of four meetings between the clubs this month. Martin Sockett has again added to his squad, by signing experienced striker Scott Machin from Hinckley United. MORE

[30 OCT 98] VS RUGBY v SOLIHULL - PREVIEW

VS Rugby manager Martin Sockett has been busy in the transfer market this week. He has brought Cirencester keeper Roland Barnes into the club as cover for Ian Ladkin, who was taken ill on the way to the game at Redditch. MORE

[24 OCT 98] REDDITCH UNITED 3  VS RUGBY 0

This was never going to be VS Rugby’s day. Keeper Ian Ladkin was taken ill on the way to the game and centre-half Richard Hamer had to go in goal. The defender did keep out a 30-yard strike from forward Rob Smith in the 17th minutes and managed to maintain a clean sheet until half time. MATCH SUMMARY

[23 OCT 98] VS RUGBY v REDDITCH - PREVIEW

VS Rugby are in FA Trophy action at Redditch – hoping to repeat an earlier success. Martin Sockett’s men saw off the Worcestershire side earlier in the season when Lee Lavery scored twice but Redditch have done well since and are currently sixth in the league. MORE

[18 OCT 98] CLEVEDON 5 VS RUGBY 1

Clevedon took a 10th minute lead but VS gave as good as they got in the first half only to fold after the interval. This win took Clevedon to the top of the table. The first half goal was from the penalty spot by Tony Cook after VS had brought him down in the penalty area, but Rugby could have been in front before the change round. MATCH SUMMARY

[16 OCT 98] VS RUGBY v CLEVEDON - PREVIEW

VS Rugby are battling against a major injury crisis as they prepare for the long trip to Clevedon. Manager Martin Sockett has seven players under intensive treatment and after a 4-1 defeat to Bedworth in the Birmingham Senior Cup, it has not been a good week for Sockett’s side. MORE

[10 OCT 98] VS RUGBY 1  WESTON 0

Matt Owen settled this close fought match with a scorching 54 minute goal. It was his fourth goal of the season scored with a 20 yards shot following Ashley Warner's lay off.  MATCH SUMMARY

[09 OCT 98] VS INJURY CRISIS

VS Rugby boss Martin Sockett is seething after finding out a club is trying to poach striker Ian Scott.  A club from the Premier Division actually called Scott in the Hinckley clubhouse after VS had won a point against the Leicestershire side in midweek.  MORE

[18 SEP 98] VS CONFIDENT FOR NEWPORT CUP CLASH

VS Rugby travel south in good heart to take on Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday. Martin Sockett’s side are fresh from a 2-0 victory against Bloxwich and the boss is confident his team have rediscovered their belief in over the past week.  MORE

[09 SEP 98] Wisbech Town v VS Rugby  [MATCH SUMMARY]

[05 SEP 98] Sutton Coldfield v VS Rugby [MATCH SUMMARY]

[04 SEP 98] VS Rugby - Weekend Preview

[31 AUG 98] Non-league Results & Match Summaries

[29 AUG 98] Non-league Results & Match Summaries

[28 AUG 98] Non-league News Round-up & Weekend Preview

[26 AUG 98] Non-league Results & News

[22 AUG 98] Non-league Results

[21 AUG 98] VS Rugby - Pre-Season Preview
  

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