NEW Rocester boss Dave Shaw believes his squad needs strengthening across the board – but took positives out of last weekend’s narrow defeat to Loughborough University.
Dan Brown netted on his debut before two second-half strikes condemned the Romans to their 13th Midland Alliance defeat this season.
“Saturday was a good learning curve – I’ve more knowledge of the players.
“There were positives. Carl Allen, the captain, had a steady game.
“Jason Beardsley at right-back did nothing wrong.
“Dan Wain had a good game, one of the players I’d never seen before, and he’s put a really good shift in.
“But in certain positions we need to strengthen – at least to give competition in those areas.”
Brown was a major positive, and capped his display by getting on the score-sheet.
Shaw said: “He’s different class, and stood out for me with his work-rate and everything else. He’s a top class player at this level.”
The manager will hope Brown can plunder more goals when struggling Dunkirk visit Hillsfield tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.
Saturday’s visitors have shipped 12 goals in their last two games, including a 7-0 mauling by Quorn last time out.
Shaw said: “It’s three points we should have in the bag if we play like we did in the first half against Loughborough.
“I’d expect to go in a few goals up and make that second half a little easier for ourselves.
“We could have done that against Loughborough.
“Tom Ellerton had a great chance that would have put us two up.”
The defeat, combined with other results, sent Rocester crashing to the foot of the table.
Shaw said: “We are in touching distance, with games in hand and some good fixtures coming up.
“We have got some very winnable games to come.”