ROCESTER’S trip to Continental Star tonight has been dubbed “massive” by Romans boss Dave Shaw.
The Midland Alliance clash, kick-off 7.45pm, pits second from bottom against third-bottom, with Rocester three points below their hosts.
“It’s massive really,” said Shaw. “We’ve four games coming up, and from three of them I’d expect to get nine points.
“We need to take three points off Continental Star.
“Then we’ve Gornal (Athletic) a week on Saturday.
“That’s another massive game. But against Continental Star, if we win we go above them, or they stretch their advantage.”
One of Rocester’s three league victories this season came against tonight’s opponents back in August.
Aaron Cole netted twice in the 4-2 victory.
Star will be buoyed by their 2-0 win at Heath Hayes last time out, while Rocester lost 3-0 at Boldmere St Michaels.
But Shaw took a number of positives from the away defeat,
The Romans boss said: “If we’d gone in 2-1 up (at half time) it would have been a fair reflection in terms of the chances in the game.
“Dan Brown had three good chances.”
A seven-minute spell ended Rocester’s hopes in the second half however.
The Romans had strong claims to be awarded free-kicks in the build-up to Boldmere’s opening two goals, but Shaw was disappointed with his side’s reaction to going behind.
He said: “The manner of the 10 minutes after conceding... we were like headless chickens.
“That’s something that needs stamping out.”
Aaron Dillon is expected to return to Rocester’s starting XI today.
But the fixture is likely to come too early for the injured Brent Upton (ankle) who should be back in contention for the Gornal game.
An unnamed defender could also be signed on loan from a higher league side in time for Gornal.