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Off-field staff do club proud

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 24, 2012

By Tom Sloan

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DAVE Langston has paid tribute to the non-footballing staff at Rocester as the season reaches its halfway point.

The Romans boss has again been left speechless by the efforts of volunteers who are helping the club to flourish.

Despite a slightly disappointing time in the Midland Alliance, where the club lie in 14th spot, they have enjoyed their best run in the FA Vase for 25 years.

And Langston reckons those behind the scenes have played their part.

“I need to say a big thank you to the volunteers and everyone on the committee at the club,” he said. “There are too many to mention them all by name.

“But Martin Bloor, Barry Smith and Dave Wain are just a few.

“There’s a lot of work goes on and they often pay for things out of their own pocket.” Langston hoped Rocester would push for the title this season, but their Vase run has limited their action in the league.

They have fallen behind on their fixtures but Langston is still hopeful of a decent finish. The Vase, however, comes first after the Romans reached the last 32.

“Expectations are higher this year because the team is stronger,” said the Rocester boss. “At the moment the FA Vase has overtaken the league.

“We’ve had some good games and bad games in the Alliance and the consistency just isn’t there.

“I think we should be a lot higher in the league than we are.

“We’re games behind but have let ourselves down in some matches.

“We’ve done well against the top sides and let ourselves down against the lesser teams.” Despite a mixed time this season, Langston has seen progress from his young outfit.

“We’ve seen steps forward,” said the Romans boss. “But our home form, which was great last season, has not been as good, but away from home we’ve only lost one, and that was at Chasetown in the FA Cup.”

The loss of skipper Craig Holland to a badly broken leg has also hit Rocester’s hopes of a strong finish to the season.

“We’ve felt that,” said Langston. “When Craig’s not playing, we struggle — you’d have to go a long way to replace him.

“He’s back at work now and is on the mend — he’s also talking about playing again.” Rocester visit Heath Hayes on Boxing Day, noon kick-off, and host Loughborough University on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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