IT would be fair to say that Midland League neighbours Uttoxeter Town and Rocester have been feeling more than a little ‘under the weather’ just lately.
Both clubs suffered an agonising succession of postponed games in December, because of waterlogged pitches, and their agony prevailed into New Year’s Day, when their local derby fell victim to the rain.
Fingers crossed then that the weather stays dry enough to allow both teams a piece of the action in MFL Division One today (Jan 4).
Rocester, who haven’t been involved in league action since December 7, when they beat Stafford Town who are Uttoxeter’s visitors today.
Uttoxeter’s lack of action has cost them dearly, as they have dropped back in the promotion race and find themselves down in sixth place.
However, Dean Arnold’s team are just eight points behind second placed Brocton with three games in hand over their Staffordshire rivals.
Uttoxeter will be expected to beat Stafford who are second from bottom of the table.
The same could be said for Rocester against their visitors Chelmsley Town, as they were enjoying a fine spell before the rain intervened.
Romans boss Paul Wright has kept his side sharp by indulging them in a couple of friendlies and strengthened his squad over the festive period with a couple more newcomers
Billy Silvester has arrived from now defunct Staffs County League Premier Division outfit Tunstall Town and Tommie Cooke from Wright’s former club Eastwood Hanley.