STRIKER Jordan Nadat was sacked by Rocester at half-time on Saturday after a dressing room bust-up with manager Dave Langston.
The 21-year-old front-runner — who has been superb at times this season — was given the boot at the break in the 4-0 FA Vase win over Bewdley Town.
“He didn’t play well in the first half and came into the dressing room spouting off and going on and on,” said Langston. “I told him he’d been playing for himself.
“I wouldn’t question his ability but his attitude? Forget it, he’s gone.”
Nadat, a former Gresley and Nuneaton Borough striker, scored five goals in just seven appearances for Rocester this season, including a stunning hat-trick in the league cup demolition of Heather St John’s. In all, he scored 15 in 34 for the club.
Now, the goalscoring responsibilities fall onto Chris Sterling and Edwin Ahenkorah.
Sterling has endured a lean time this season, but got firing with a hat-trick against Bewdley.
Despite his goalless run, Langston reckons Sterling is playing as well as ever.
“His performances have been exceptional,” said the Romans boss. “I told him to forget about not scoring because the goals will come.
“His all-round game has really come on and it’s the best since he’s been at the club.
“Not scoring has got to him a bit, but his performances have been fantastic.”
Nadat’s departure allows winger Mensah Kinch an opportunity to return after an injury-hit opening to the season.
Kinch, outstanding in 2011/12, has made just three appearances so far in 2012/13.
Former Burton Albion youth Ryan Pirrie and midfielder Jack Langston, who has also had an indifferent campaign, are also vying for a place against Tipton Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Rocester have been drawn away to Shepshed Dynamo in the FA Vase second round.
The tie will be played on Saturday, November 17, kick-off 3pm.
“It’s a winnable game,” said Langston. “I would have preferred a home draw but we can’t do anything about that.
“I don’t know much about Shepshed but they’re fifth in the United Counties League after getting relegated.”