Midland Football League Premier Division: Rocester 2 Long Eaton United 1.

Hillsfield, Mill St, Rocester, Uttoxeter ST14 5JX

A visit to the very quaint and sleepy Staffordshire village of Rocester (pronounced Roaster) was ideal for breaking-up a trip from Manchester to Leicester. The Sun shone giving the game an almost pre-season vibe, though the battle on the pitch that produced 7 bookings, a sending-off and threats to the ref soon put such feelings in their place.

The ground is pure non-league romance. Ramshackle in the nicest way with stands that have clearly been there since Roman times. The whole place is clean and tidy and cared for, really showing the love those involved clearly have for the club. Top marks to them for selling brews in proper mugs too.

The game was a good contest. Rocester’s silver-haired, red-faced tricky winger was the best player on show with their number 6 a close second. Their goalkeeper ‘Froggy’ was playing his 450th and last match for the club and listening to a number of supporters the game merely a diversion before the massive p!ss-up they were going to have afterwards to celebrate his retirement.

This was the fourth time in two seasons we’ve seen Long Eaton play and we’ve yet to see them win. Every time we’ve seen them has been an away game and a visit to watch them at home is on the cards, though I doubt they’ll welcome us with open arms.