In-form Rock Rovers aim to carry on climbing
Rock Rovers boss Carl Jones has heaped praised on his players for an impressive debut campaign in the West Midlands Regional League Division two.
Rovers find themselves five points behind second-placed Wolverhampton United, with two games in hand, as the business end of the season approaches, writes Daniel McInally.
Jones’ side have had an impressive start to 2018 and are unbeaten in six matches, winning five and drawing one.
They face a crunch clash against Gornal Colts tomorrow, who are third two points ahead of Rovers.
“It will be a tough game,” said Jones. “We’re enjoying our first season in the West Midlands League and that’s now just one defeat against AFC Broseley in our last 14 league games.”
Rovers dismantled FC Darlaston last week 4-1, and Jones is hoping to maintain the momentum.
“FC Darlaston did well to make sure the game went ahead last weekend and we were clinical in front of goal when the chances came,” he said.
“We’ve got a really good team spirit and a real togetherness.”
Sikh Hunters are running away with the division title, sitting on 57 points.
However, should Rovers get a win this weekend, which their fine form suggests is likely, they’ll be two points off second with a game in hand.
Elsewhere in Division Two, ninth-placed AFC Broseley take on bottom of the table AFC Bridgnorth Development, who remain winless this season. Broseley will look to take all three points and turn their miserable form around
Newport Town will try and keep the pressure on Wem Town in the Division One title race, but Newport face an uphill battle to catch the pacesetters as they find themselves 12 points behind having played two games more.
Second-placed Newport will want to recover from their disappointing loss to Gornal Athletic, who are now just a point behind, with a win over Darlaston Town.
Wem travel to Tipton aiming to follow up their emphatic 8-0 victory over Wyrley last week with another success.
The West Midlands Premier Division sees Ellesmere Rangers attempting to climb the table.
Barring a 4-2 loss to leaders Wolverhampton Sporting, Rangers have been on a terrific run of form.
Elsewhere, rock-bottom Wellington Amateurs are hoping to cause an upset when they host third-placed Black Country Rangers. Amateurs have won just twice this term. Wellington have only managed one out of a possible 15 in their last five games, while the visitors have won three and drawn two of their last five and it looks to be a comprehensive win for the visitors