08:31 Friday 20 December 2013

Rocester look to build on Shaw start at Wulfrunians

Written byDOM MILLS

STRIKE FORCE . . . Dan Brown (pictured) and Liam Shaw have both found the net since signing for the Romans earlier this month STRIKE FORCE . . . Dan Brown (pictured) and Liam Shaw have both found the net since signing for the Romans earlier this month

ROCESTER boss Dave Shaw is hoping his side can spring a few more surprises over the Christmas period.

Shaw celebrated his first win as Romans boss on Saturday with the convincing 3-0 victory over Dunkirk.

It was Rocester’s first Midland Alliance victory since August, and lifted the Hillsfield outfit off bottom spot.

“They (Dunkirk) probably thought they’d come down and turn us over,” said Shaw.

“We defended brilliantly as a team – not just the defence or midfield.

“The lads have worked really hard. You look at the side that played Loughborough.

“They didn’t cut us open – then look at the game on Saturday.

“They didn’t pull us apart, and we had a lot of chances.

“We created plenty of chances and missed a few as well.”

The Romans travel to mid-table Wulfrunians tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, and Shaw would be more than content with a draw.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough one. If we can go there and get a point that would be good.”

Both Errol Johnson and Brent Upton are expected to be in contention to start after recovering from knocks against Dunkirk.

New signing Tom Brown will also be in the squad. The midfielder has played for Staffordshire Senior League outfits Eccleshall and Florence – and deserves the opportunity to step up a level according to Shaw.

The Rocester boss said: “He’s played at a decent level. Another lad who has never been given a decent opportunity.

“He’s good on the ball and can pick a pass out.”

The Romans will again start with Liam Shaw and Dan Brown up front. Both are now off the mark after Shaw opened his account against Dunkirk.

And the duo’s instant success has come as no surprise to the new Rocester manager.

Shaw said: “That’s why I brought them both in.

“I believed in what they would do.

“Dan has played a part in all four goals we have scored in the last two games.

“Liam’s done really well. He missed a few really good chances against Dunkirk but didn’t let his head drop.”

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