ROCESTER manager Dave Langston has accepted his young side’s Midland Alliance title dream is almost over.
The Romans drew 2-2 at home to Bridgnorth Town on Saturday and are now 16 points off leaders Stratford Town.
Although Langston’s men have only lost three times this season, they have not won in the league since September and now sit ninth in the table.
“Perhaps the players aren’t quite good enough,” said a frustrated Romans boss.
“They started well to be fair to them, and with what we’ve seen from them and what we’ve heard from other teams, we know we’re decent.
“But other sides are coming to us and lifting their games — we’re not lifting our game and it’s costing us.” Rocester flew into a two-goal lead against Bridgnorth on Saturday before a late goal saw the Shropshire side grab a point.
The result followed an excellent 1-1 draw at leaders Stratford — but again the Romans were denied a win by a late goal.
Had they won both games, they would be sat in fifth, only nine points off the top with a game in hand.
“It’s every time at the minute,” said Langston, whose side travel to Coleshill Town on Saturday.
“We’re naive at times but they’re a young side and I accept that.
“It’s very, very frustrating.
“Once they cross that white line there’s nothing you can do — I can’t put a pair of boots on myself to show them what to do.
“When you’re 2-1 up with 15 minutes to go, you’ve got to clear your lines and hit it behind teams.
“We defended far too deeply.” Langston could bring in reinforcements, but is hampered by his budget.
He has targeted a big striker, but is finding it impossible to get the quality he needs at the right price.
“I’ve spoken to some people and they want money,” said the Romans boss. “And I haven’t got it.
“We need a big striker and they aren’t going to come cheap.”