08:52 Friday 07 February 2014

Pressure has eased on Rocester following Heath Hayes victory says manager Dave Shaw

Written byDOM MILLS

MOVING ON UP . . . Dan Browns late free-kick gave improving Rocester all three points at home to Heath Hayes moving Dave Shaws out of the Midland Alliance bottom three MOVING ON UP . . . Dan Browns late free-kick gave improving Rocester all three points at home to Heath Hayes moving Dave Shaws out of the Midland Alliance bottom three

MANAGER Dave Shaw reckons the pressure has eased a touch after Tuesday evening’s victory over Heath Hayes lifted Rocester out of the Midland Alliance bottom three for the first time since October.

“We’re unbeaten in three now – and have won our last two, which is a big plus” said Shaw.

“The lads are getting more and more confident in what they can do.

“The pressure has eased slightly. We don’t necessarily need to go and win some of the se games now – we just need to match what the others do around us.

“We seem to be dragging ourselves away (from the relegation zone).

“If you look down towards the bottom, Heath Hayes, Dunkirk, Gornal, Continental Star – none of them are winning.

“We are the form side. The next target is to go past Dunkirk and Heath Hayes.

“Then we’ll look at Shepshed (Dynamo) – and just keep setting little targets.”

Shaw’s first game in charge was a 2-1 reverse against Loughborough University.

The Romans renew acquaintances with the Scholars in tomorrow’s away fixture, kick-off 3pm.

Rocester will be a far different proposition second time around – but Shaw is keen to reign in any overconfidence.

“I thought we should have got something out of that first game,” said Shaw. “We’ve had some new players in since then.

“It will be on a decent pitch and a game we can get something out of.

“But we need to keep doing what we are doing. I’ve told the lads that every game between now and the end of the season is a cup final.

“If we treat them that way we will be alright.”

Rocester do have injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s game after both Paul Whalley and Alfie Holland received knocks to the ankle in the 2-1 win over Heath Hayes.

Shaw has snapped up Alsager Town midfielder George Barlow.

Barlow will not be available for tomorrow’s game, but should make the squad for Tuesday’s trip to second-bottom Continental Star.

“That’s another massive game,” said Shaw. “If we get a point it keeps us away from them. If it it’s three points then fantastic.”

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