ROCESTER boss Dave Shaw is hoping his side will have a stay of execution after a 0-0 draw at Heath Hayes on Monday night confirmed they will finish the season in the Midland Alliance relegation zone.
The Romans have had some good results since Shaw took over after Mark Kavanagh was sacked in November, but the teams around them at the bottom of the table have also picked up points, and one point from the two Easter fixtures – they lost 5-0 at home to Boldmere St Michaels on Saturday – have consigned them to the bottom two.
However, Shaw is holding out hope that their fate is not yet completely sealed.
“We’re not sure what will happen yet,” he said yesterday.
“We won’t know until they finish rearranging the leagues.
“There have been some teams who have fielded inelligible players, so they could be punished and that could save us.
“So if we finish second from bottom, we might be okay.”
However, it looks set to be a tense summer as the Romans wait to learn what division they will be in next season.
“We probably won’t know until the FA have their meeting, which might be just before the start of pre-season,” said Shaw.
Monday’s result also saw Shaw – forced to play after a number of players failed to show up – sent off following an altercation with Heath Hayes’ Tom Baggott, who was also dismissed.
“I spoke to the referee after the game and he said that I was sent off for raising my hands,” said Shaw.
“But I was on the floor the whole time so I don’t know how he figured that one out.
“You can’t appeal without video evidence, so that one is gone now.
“I thought we were the better side on Monday, even though we were down to the bare bones.
“From the off we were under the cosh but the lads who were there worked hard and deserved something out of the game.”
If Rocester are relegated, Shaw is confident they can bounce straight back.
“It will be a fresh start next season,” he said.
“The side we’ve got is plenty good enough, and with one or two additions, we should bounce back.”