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Rocester manager Dave Shaw wants to extend unbeaten run

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

22/03/14 Rocester v Heather St John's - Rocester, Uttoxeter
Rocester v Heather St Johns,Manager Dave Shaw

22/03/14 Rocester v Heather St John's - Rocester, Uttoxeter Rocester v Heather St Johns,Manager Dave Shaw

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DELIGHTED Dave Shaw wants Rocester to build on their best run since he took over the reins at Hillsfield.

The Romans have gone three matches unbeaten as they look to survive in the Midland Alliance.

The run started with a 4-1 thumping of basement side Heather St John’s, continued with a 0-0 draw against league leaders Tividale and was maintained in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Dunkirk.

“It’s been a really good run,” said Rocester boss Shaw. “A lot of it is to do with getting players back from injuries and that’s made all the difference.

“I thought we should’ve had three points on Saturday as well.”

The Romans went down to 10 men against Dunkirk with the sending off of Tom Brown but comfortably escaped from Nottinghamshire with a point.

“It was a shame Tom got sent off,” said Shaw.

“Dunkirk didn’t look like scoring all game and we’d strolled through the first half like it was a pre-season friendly.

“Even with 10 men we were comfortable. We had the better chances, but not losing is the important thing.”

The five points from three games has kept Rocester out of the bottom three, with the number of teams to be relegated still to be decided.

The Romans now have a tough run of three games beginning at home to Highgate United on Saturday, continuing with a home clash with Walsall Wood on Tuesday and finishing with a difficult trip to second-placed Quorn.

But the way they are playing at home means Shaw is confident of continuing the run.

“I think we can get something from the Highgate game,” he said. “We’ll have as good a side out against Highgate as we’ve had all season.

“There’s a feel-good factor which started in the 4-1 win over Heather in front of a good crowd. Let’s carry that on.”

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