Saturday 30th November 2019


Midland Football League Division Qne


Leicester Road 2 Rocester 1

By Will Furness

Rocester’s inconsistent start to the season continued as they fell 2-1 to Leicester Road despite a spirited performance at De Montfort Park.

Simon Allcott’s strike in the 29th minute and Matt Langham’s in the 51st were enough to keep Leicester’s unbeaten home run intact and remain top of the league. However, Liam Robinson’s beautiful volley in the 54th minute made it a tense final 35 minutes which saw The Romans do everything but put the ball in the back of the net.

The result means Rocester’s inconsistent form continues, failing to win back to back in the league so far. Paul Wright remained positive and was happy with his side’s performance, despite leaving Hinckley with nothing to show.

Wright said: “We created 8-9 chances against a quality side who were 10 points clear of second place. We should have got a draw to be honest.”

The first half was bleak for chances, but the breakthrough came through some intricate play which saw Leicester slice Wright’s men open and a ball across the box was thumped home by Allcott in the 29th minute.

The Romans almost had the perfect start as in the 10th minute as Jordan Godfrey released an absolute rocket from outside the box which forced an excellent save from Will Highland, who just tipped it past the post.

The second half was action packed and two minutes of madness began with Langham doubling Leicester’s advantage after tapping in from close range.

Two minutes later, Liam Robinson produced a moment of magic to get Rocester back into the game, his superb volley nestling into the bottom left corner leaving Highland absolutely no chance.

The Romans controlled the next 35 minutes and had the league leaders pinned in their own half, having multiple chances to draw the game level.

Paul Wright added: “I’m not concerned because the problem would be if they weren’t creating the chances but ideally, we do want to be scoring more goals.”

Derry Creighton had a golden opportunity as the ball fell to him in the left-hand side of the box, but he blazed it well over the crossbar.

The best of the bunch was in the 82nd minute when Jordan Dodd found himself with all the time in the world, and with only the keeper to beat, he snatched at the shot and to Paul Wright’s despair it whistled over the cross bar.

However, Neil Lyne’s men could’ve put the game to bed but Liam Read dragged the ball just past the post as Charlie Wood made himself big in a one on one.

Rocester will take a lot of positives out of this performance and hope it can turn into a win against GNP Sports F.C on Tuesday night.