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Rocester suffer injury blow to midfield general

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

TOUGH BREAK . . . Rocester midfielder Brent Upton faces an extended spell on the sidelines with a fractured ankle

TOUGH BREAK . . . Rocester midfielder Brent Upton faces an extended spell on the sidelines with a fractured ankle

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ROCESTER midfielder Brent Upton faces at least six weeks out with a fractured ankle.

Upton returned for the Romans in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Gornal Athletic but was withdrawn with just less than half an hour remaining

A scan later revealed that Upton had been playing with a broken ankle.

Shaw said: “He’s been out for a while now and was struggling with his ankle.

“He was injured when I got here and I’ve not really seen the best of him yet.

“But he will be back and hopefully will come back stronger. Brent was probably our best player prior to my arrival.”

Upton will miss a crucial period of Rocester’s season.

The Romans host Walsall Wood tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, which begins a run of four home games in five Midland Alliance fixtures.

“They (Walsall) knocked Leek Town out of the FA so they are no mugs.

“But we’re beginning to get a settled side now. There’s a different atmosphere.

“Things are on the up. We’re unbeaten at home in two games now.”

Rocester’s run of home games includes taking on struggling Heath Hayes, while the away game is against fourth-bottom Heather St John’s.

The Romans will also be looking to catch Walsall Wood cold tomorrow, with the visitors having suffered four postponements in succession.

“They might be a bit rusty,” said Shaw. “But these games coming up are games we should be taking something out of.”

Rocester were only seconds away from taking three points off Gornal – but were denied victory by a late Richard Smith equaliser.

The Romans were trailing 2-1 following a poor first half, prompting Shaw into some strong words at the break.

“They responded in the second half and I thought we dominated.

“We hit the post, had an effort cleared off the line. Their keeper made a couple of good saves. It was one-way traffic.”

Dan Brown and Paul Whalley fired Rocester in front before the late blow, but Shaw took positives from the game.

He said: “We got that bogey off our back – coming back in a match after falling behind, and we’re still building here.”

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