ROCESTER boss Dave Langston has signed Sutton Coldfield Town striker Craig Marshall to bolster his side in the Midland Alliance run-in.
Chris Sterling begins a four-match ban today for a sending off and he will be joined on the suspended list by midfielder Jack Langston and left-back Carl Allen next week.
To provide cover, 25-year-old Marshall, who has enjoyed spells at Hednesford Town and Rushall Olympic, has joined the Romans.
“Craig’s just come back from injury – he did his cruciate knee ligaments,” said Langston. “He needs games to get back fit, and we need a striker to cover.
“I said to him that we need him and he needs us.
“He’s a very good player and is a big, strong unit.”
Rocester got back to winning ways on Saturday with a first victory in six matches.
The Romans, still chasing a top-six finish in the Midland Alliance, beat Coventry Sphinx 2-0 late on at Hillsfield with two Sterling goals.
“It was nice to get three points on the board on Saturday,” said Langston.
“To be truthful, Coventry came at us and tried to bully us after we won at their place.
“The lads worked hard, though, and we got our reward in the end, but we left it until late on.”
Sterling’s goals were the first he has netted for the Romans since the 3-2 defeat at Gornal Athletic on January 12.
He now has 13 for the season, just one behind top scorer Edwin Ahenkorah.
“It’s nice for Chris to get a goal,” said Langston. “The only thing is he’s now suspended for four games, which is a real shame.
“All the suspensions have come at a bad time with us playing three games a week to catch up on our games in hand.
“But I’m still hopeful of going on a run and climbing the table.
“I think we’re a better team than 12th place would suggest, but we’ve got to carry on getting results to prove it.”
Rocester were away to Loughborough University on Tuesday night, only for the game to be postponed just before kick-off because of heavy fog.
They now face Highgate United twice in four days – at home tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, before the away trip on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.
Ryan Pirrie is suspended for both games but is suffering from an ankle problem anyway.
Darren Leonard (ankle) is fit, while Chris McComisky should return.
ROMANS FROM: Froggatt, Rogers, Bullock, D McLeod, Allen, Kinch, J Langston, Swain, Ahenkorah, Leonard, Marshall, McComisky, K McLeod, Alexander, Smith, Bromley, Grocott.