Tuesday 31st January 2006
Romans end losing streak
Quorn 1 Rocester 3
AFTER 68 league games and 6,120 minutes of football, Rocester last night finally ended their incredible winless streak when they celebrated a 3-1 Midland Alliance victory over seventh-placed Quorn at the Leicestershire side's Sutton Park ground.
Two goals — one in each half — from Adam Baum put the visitors in control, but Quorn pulled one back in the 73rd minutes to set up a nervy finale, but Mark Ruddock added a third seven minutes from time to ensure the club's first win in the league since their title-clinching success over Oldbury United at the end of the 2003/04 season.
Delighted manager Michael Rowe told Mail Sport this morning: "After the exploits of Staffordshire teams like Burton and Tamworth in the FA Cup this season, it was our turn last night. At the final whistle, the lads didn't know what to do and when we left the ground at about 11pm, I think they were still in a state of shock!"
"It was a sparkling performance by everyone — we were well-organised, committed and passed the ball around.
Hopefully, this result will make the players believe that we can get out of this and send a message to other clubs that we will not go down without a fight."
The return of stalwart Paul Ede alongside brother Mick — who have a combined total of 1,423 senior appearances between them — proved a key part in securing a vital three points for Rocester.
After surviving an early scare when Quorn's Joey Jones hit the crossbar, Rocester began to take a grip on the game.
On 13 minutes, home keeper Matt Nurse opted to tip a long-range free-kick from Craig Hancox over the bar instead of holding onto it and he paid dear when from the resulting corner, Baum glanced a header into the net.
Ruddock could have put the visitors further ahead soon after the restart but scooped his shot over the bar and on the hour, Baum's angled shot rebounded off the foot of the post.
Six minutes later, though, the Quorn keeper misjudged a high Ruddock corner and Baum was able to bundle the ball home.
There were some anxious moments after hesitation from James McCarron let Kris Nurse skip past him and plant a shot past Wood, but the Romans' nerves were calmed when Paul Tortoishell's perfect low cross was swept home at the far post by Ruddock.
Rowe's men have now closed the gap on second-from-bottom Westfields — who they still have to play twice — to six points.
GOALS: Baum 13, 66, Ruddock 83 (Romans); K Nurse 73 (Quorn).
QUORN: M Nurse, Grassby (Greatrex 58), Beazeley, Smith, R Nurse (Burraway 58), Coates, Brennan (Peryer 68), Griffiths, Turner, Jones, K Nurse. Subs not used: Plummer, Keast.
ROMANS: Wood 7, M Ede 7, Reynolds 7, McCarron 7, Barnett 7, P Ede (Skelding 68) 7, Tortoishell 7, Collins 7, Ruddock 7, Baum (Allen 89) 8, Hancox (Bayliss-Rowe 85) 7. Subs not used: Caswell, Allcock.
ROMANS FORM RATING: Much improved.
ROMANS STAR MAN: Adam Baum — 100 per cent effort and two goals.
BOOKINGS: Romans — M Ede (late tackle).
REFEREE: A R Parker (Derby) 8.