Highgate United 0 v 1 Rocester
Abandoned after 50 minutes
ROCESTER were left frustrated for the second Saturday running when an injury caused the postponement of their match.
The Romans were leading 1-0 at Highgate United when the hosts’ Toby Checketts suffered a deep gash to his leg.
Coventry referee Matthew Brown called a halt to the Midland Alliance clash on 50 minutes as Checketts was taken to hospital — a week after Rocester skipper Craig Holland suffered a severely broken leg.
After the young centre-half was initially thought to have broken his leg, he was later diagnosed with a “spectacular gash” that required 118 stiches from a surgeon more used to treating wounded soldiers coming home from Afghanistan.
Frustratingly, the Romans will now be without Jack Langston and Darren Bullock for Saturday’s FA Vase tie against Southam United or Long Eaton United as their one-match bans will be carried forward.
On a positive note, Rocester put in a good performance at the Coppice Ground and should really have had more than Mensah Kinch’s 19th minute goal to show for their efforts.
Kinch was brought down as he made a positive run 10 yards inside Highgate’s half, and when Nick Ward headed Dean Bromley’s deep free kick into the goalmouth the diminutive Kinch was onhand to sweep the ball home via a deflection off the unfortunate Checketts.
Rocester had a couple of early let-offs when both Dan Dineen and Alex Price wasted good headed opportunities moments apart from a free kick and corner respectively, but the Romans were looking sharp going forward and particularly dangerous from set-pieces themselves.
Ward had three very good chances, only to narrowly miss the target with two backpost headers and a side-footed volley from a Carl Allen corner.
Wayne Johnson also sent a header wide after arriving at the far post to meet a corner and Adam Swain went close with a low diagonal shot that crept wide of the far left post.
Romans boss Dave Langston will be pleased with the contribution of newcomer Dean Bromley who was signed last week from league rivals Stourport Swifts.
The left-sided midfielder settled in well on his debut and already looks to be a good acquisition.
GOALS: Kinch 19 (Romans).
ROMANS: Froggatt, Perks, Allen, Rogers, Johnson, Pirrie, Ward, Bromley, Kinch, Swain, Grocott. Subs not used: Sterling, McComisky.
REFEREE: M Brown (Coventry).