ROCESTER earned a good point from Saturday’s goalless draw at Coleshill Town, putting to an end their run of three successive Midland Alliance defeats.
On a poor pitch and in blustery conditions this was never going to be a classic, but the Romans set their stall out to return home with at least a share of the spoils and ultimately they were good value for their point against a much-improved Coleshill side who have started the season well.
It was Rocester who looked the sharpest during the opening exchanges but they failed to test home keeper Paul Hathaway twice in the opening 10 when first Benn Minshull and then Aaron Cole narrowly missed the target with well-hit efforts from 18 yards.
Romans stopper Wayne Smith was soon called into action, making a comfortable save low down from Danny Tymon before the game lost its early promise and drifted into something of a stalemate as the two defences kept a firm grip on their opposing forwards.
With half-time approaching, Rocester had an escape when, following a corner, Luke Edwards saw a looping header bounce off the bar.
But just moments later, at the other end, a quick break resulted in Tom Cooper-Richards squaring the ball across the Coleshill goalmouth just too far ahead of Danny Brain.
Both teams came out with more purpose after the break and there were chances at both ends within minutes of the restart.
Coleshill were first to threaten when a good passing move required a tremendous block-tackle from Romans skipper Carl Allen to thwart Chris Gummery, then Rocester responded through Minshull, who combined superbly with Cooper-Richards before seeing his low shot saved by the legs of Hathaway.
Minshull and Brain provided more good interchanges from the Romans going forward, and Minshull was again denied when his powerful shot was charged down by Edwards before the striker drilled the rebound a yard over the bar.
The hosts then enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy but the hard-working Romans generally looked comfortable against the twin threat of Gummery and Dean Rathbone, who were both lively without getting a proper sight of goal.
Chris Lloyd fired one effort over and free kick specialist Leon Weller sent one dead ball narrowly wide, but Smith remained largely untroubled until he was called upon to turn a Gummery header away for a corner.
Overall, this was an encouraging result and a solid performance from the Romans, who will be looking to pick up more points next Saturday when fellow strugglers Kirby Muxloe visit Hillsfield.
COLESHILL: Hathaway, Weller, Dineen, Douglas, Edwards, Ellis (Fitzharris 71), Murrall, Tymon, Gummery, Rathbone, Lloyd (Nash 63). Subs not used: Casey, Kirby, Archer.
ROMANS: Smith, Cole, Littler, Taylor, Allen, Upton (Daley 70), Brain (Chattwood 60), Whalley, Cooper-Richards, Minshull (Rutland-Jones 70), Dunlevy. Subs not used: Froggatt, Spencer.
YELLOW CARDS: Coleshill – Edwards, Tymon.
REFEREE: A Parker (Coalville).