Chasetown FC made it back to back home league wins for the first time since March – but it came at a price, with midfielder Josh Craddock stretchered off with a broken leg.
Bottom of the table Rugby started better and Scholars goalkeeper Curtis Pond was brought into action early to twice deny Aaron Moses-Garvey – the latter with a fingertip save from a long range free kick.
The game stopped for nine minutes after the injury to Craddock which understandably led to a muted first half that panned out scoreless. Craddock and Rugby’s Kyle Rowley went for a 50-50 challenge that no-one could have foreseen would have ended the match – and possibly the season – for Chasetown’s number 8.
An impromptu half-time team talk in the ground’s marquee as Braddock was treated in the dressing room must have worked, as Chasetown took the lead just two minutes into the second half. Nathan Rooney’s free kick caused mayhem in the visiting defence and Blaize Punter looped a header towards his own goal where Chase skipper James Dance nodded into an empty net – his seventh goal of the season.
Mitch Piggon was a whisker away from doubling the lead with a header just over the bar from a Peter Till cross.
Despite their first half promise, Rugby were kept at bay by a masterclass of defending by Chris Slater.
A scrappy affair saw Chasetown on top for most of the half and substitute Pierce Kiembi drove an 18 yard effort a foot over the crossbar as The Scholars moved into fifth place.