Thursday 19th June 2014
AFC Romans in Reserve
Rocester have taken a huge step forward by forming a new Reserve team - AFC Rocester.
The newly-formed team will start the new season playing in Division One of the Midlands Regional Alliance, which is largely based around Derby and Derbyshire. It will consist of young, local talent with the intention of bridging the gap between junior football and the senior side.
"We've missed having a reserve team since the last one was disbanded five years ago," said Chairman Ian Cruddas.
"There's a successful, well-run junior section attached to the club, and we hope this will be the first step in forming a stronger relationship with them, as well as providing a route for local players into senior football."
The club were approached by two of those local youngsters during the summer, Adam Eldergill and Kieran Bullock, who asked about the possibility of starting a reserve side. Both had come through the Rocester Juniors teams, but after moving out of the U-16s age group the team broke up and went their separate ways.
"We were really impressed by their enthusiasm"; continued Mr. Cruddas. "Things have moved on very quickly since our first meeting and already we've appointed Rob Crawley as Manager, we have a Secretary in place, and now a league to play in."
"Our aim is to keep it as a young side as we want to provide that missing link between junior and senior football, so the Midlands Regional Alliance should be perfect."
"It will also give our Manager an ideal place to give first teamers a run-out if any of them need a game after injury or for fitness."
First team Manager Dave Shaw sees the move as a big plus, saying "It's a great move for the club".
"We'll all be training together, it's all about developing players and finding the gems out there that can eventually play for the first team or even higher up the ladder."