MANAGER Dave Langston reckons an over-confident Runcorn Town are in for a rude awakening when the sides lock horns in the fourth round of the FA Vase next month.
Rocester landed a home tie against the North West Counties League side after beating Long Eaton United 2-1 last weekend. And Langston says a spot in the quarter-finals is now within "touching distance".
"They're saying they are up against a side who have only won five games all season," said Langston. "Obviously they feel they have drawn a side struggling in the Midland Alliance. Well let them think that I say.
"We are 13th in the league. But look at it realistically, we are in a false position in the league. We're four or five games behind everyone. So yes, we have won five. They obviously fancy their chances. If they think they will come down here and face a struggling side then we will spank their backsides."
The Romans boss has already started compiling information on next month's opponents with insider information from fellow North West Counties League sides Alsager Town , Stone Dominoes. Rocester's cause has also been helped by the Midland Alliance who are set to switch the midweek League Cup quarter-final tie against Loughborough University, which had been scheduled for four days before, to an alternative date.
Langston said: "It wouldn't have been ideal playing such a big games just days before the FA Vase match. The league are prepared to move the game. In pre-season we highlighted the FA Vase. A bit of luck here or there and decent draw and who knows what can happen. I'd be delighted to make the quarter-finals. They're in touching distance now."
In Saturday's closely fought encounter against Long Eaton United it was Rocester who got the breaks. But despite the freakish nature of both their goals the Romans deserved their fifth victory in this season’s competition.
Rocester’s opener arrived on 33 minutes, but goal scorer Mensah Kinch knew little about it. Sterling tried his luck from the edge of the area which struck Kinch on the side of the head before dropping inside the near post.
Long Eaton hit back just before the interval. A second successive corner was headed clear but was crossed back in from the right and Matt Savage directed a neat header beyond Romans keeper Richard Froggatt.
As the game became stretched in the second period Rocester who enjoyed another slice of luck just after the hour. Ryan Grocott's corner dropped short of the near post. Savage attempted to head clear but only succeeded in skimming the ball off the top of his head and under the bar into his own goal. Few chances then followed as Rocester held out to book their place in the last 32.
Langston said: "It's a great achievement by the club, brilliant. If I'm being honest it wasn't our greatest performance. Five of our players didn't have a good game. But at this stage of the competition it's going to be nip and tuck.
"I'm delighted with the result, absolutely over the moon. Wayne Johnson and Mensah Kinch were outstanding at both ends of the pitch."
Attentions now turn back to the league and a home fixture against struggling Studley tomorrow. The Rocester boss added: "Lets approach the game right, get the three points and move back up the league where we belong."