DAVE Langston has blasted his Rocester side as amateurish following their 3- 2 home defeat to struggling Studley.
The Romans boss branded Saturday’s performance as “diabolical” as his side lost at Hillsfield for the fourth time this season.
“The first half was like watching Sunday morning football,” he said. “It was diabolical and I was disgusted with it.
“They go and play like they did in the FA Vase and then put out a performance like that in the first half — it wasn’t even good enough for Sunday football.” Nick Ward’s two goals proved in vain after Rocester went 2-0 down in a chaotic first half.
The midfielder had battled on despite a nasty groin injury he picked up in a challenge with team-mate Carl Allen.
Mensah Kinch also staggered off with concussion after taking an elbow in the temple.
To compound Rocester’s misery, Jack Langston was sent off late on in controversial circumstances as the 2-1 Vase win over Long Eaton United became a distant memory.
“Nutty (Carl Allen) and Wardy (Nick Ward) smashed each other to pieces,” said Langston, whose side is missing the calming influence of injured skipper Craig Holland. “Nutty had to come off and Wardy battled on, fair play to him, but he’s resting his groin all week now.
“I’ll defend Jack on his sending off. He got clattered by their lad, grabbed his leg as he stood up and then got a second yellow card.
“It was the linesman’s decision — and it was an awful one.” Rocester host high-flying Tividale on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, badly needing a win to climb up from 14th spot in the Alliance.
Experienced midfielders Darren Alexander and Dean Bromley will return to the squad, but Chris McComisky will be missing through work commitments.
One player set to start is Danny McLeod, who has suffered a stop-start season with a broken foot, but impressed when he came on against Studley.
“Danny did quite well,” said Langston.
“His attitude was spot-on and he did well at left-back.
“Good footballers can play a lot of positions and he did all right.”