Romulus 1 Carlton Town 3
Injury-hit Romulus will look to overcome their lengthy casualty list this weekend as they search for their first win of the Evostik Northern Premier League season.
Richard Evans’ side host Belper Town at Coles Lane on Saturday (KO 3pm) before the ‘Sutton derby’ on Bank Holiday Monday against Chris Keogh’s high-flying Sutton Coldfield Town.
Evans has suffered with major disruptions to his plans ahead of the two games, with most of the first team squad missing Thursday’s training session through injury.
Wayne Dyer has been injured since the opening day defeat to Hucknall Town (hamstring), while Richard Evans Jnr (also hamstring) and Peter Faulds (groin) join him on the treatment table.
To make matters worse The Roms then suffered a triple injury blow in the first half of their 3-1 midweek defeat against Carlton Town with Richard Robinson (thigh), Dean Baker (groin) and Nathan Blissett (calf) having to be withdrawn.
Manager Richard Evans said: “It has been disruptive - an absolute nightmare- but we’ll soldier on. One small blessing is that they are all short term injuries.”
There were some reasons for optimism with the defence performing well during the first half to shut out Carlton’s attack.
Baker’s goal further displayed the heart and tenacity the side can display: Carlton keeper Danny Marshall misjudged a deep cross before the ball was headed back across the face of the goal for Baker to bravely force the ball over the line despite the close attentions of a panicked Town defence.