Romans step onto the road to Wembley in the Black Country

ROCESTER FC venture onto the Wembley trail tonight (Sept 18), kicking off in the West Midlands to face OJM Black Country.

The Romans opened their win account in the Midland League First Division in earlier in the week, seeing off Ashby Ivanhoe 4-3 away on Tuesday night, where they fought back from a goal down conceded from the penalty spot in the third minute.

Rocester won a penalty themselves after 16 minutes, which jack Stevens converted, and then Jack Dundas put them ahead on the half-hour.

The visitors kept up the pressure and Jack Thatcher scored his first goals for Rocester in the 35th and 45+1 minutes to give his side a 4-1 interval lead.

Ivanhoe pulled the score back to 4-3 in the second-half but Rocester held out for a thrilling victory.

Rocester boss Paul Wright, pictured, said: "It was a great result against a good side.

"We had an awful start but we reacted brilliantly and should have scored another three goals in the first half.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough second half, however, the goals Ashby scored were a penalty, a 25-yard screamer and a free kick that should have been dealt with better.

"They [Ashby] didn’t create many chances which pleased me".

Wright added: "We are young side and need to manage the games better, but it was a huge three points".

Willenhall-based OJM Black Country are members of the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division and are a recent amalgamation of two clubs.

The 2020/21 campaign is the first where Black Country Rangers and Sunday league side OJM have joined forces, which is a continuation of Rangers as a club, with the new name.

Team manager is Adam Younis who was Rangers’ boss and helped create OJM.

OJM have started the season impressively with a 5-1 victory away to league rivals Bewdley Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

UTTOXETER Town are away to MFL Premier Division side AFC Wulfrunians in the FA Vase tomorrow (Sept 19), lick off 3pm.

Wulfrunians suffered a 1-0 league defeat at home to Coventry Sphinx while Uttoxeter were romping their way to a 7-0 success at Paget Rangers on the same night earlier in the week.

James Curley and Harry Johnson helped themselves to a brace apiece in Uttoxeter's first league win of the season. Jack Avery, Jack Derbyshire and Doug Price also hit the target.


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