Saturday saw us make the trip to Rocester just this side of Stoke. A very difficult place to go, with a very partisan crowd, which sometimes does sway the officials. Kirby started the game very sharply and were soon on top. After a decent move the ball was worked to Brett Darby in the 8th minute, whose shot beat the goal keeper but rebounded off the cross bar, this fell to Karl Wilson who under pressure put the rebound just over the bar. 6 minutes later a free kick was worked to Brett again and his shot was bent just wide. Kirby then had another effort cleared and put wide. In rare forage forward this half Rocester forced a corner; it found Nicholas Ward whose header was put straight at Tom Holyoak. In the 29th minute Stu Verrall was fouled in the penalty area, but Tom Hill’s penalty was well saved by the home keeper Richard Froggatt. Kirby were still pressing Rocester back and in the 43rd minute the inevitable breakthrough came, a Tom hill shot was cleared to Brett Darby who fired the return into the net, 0-1 Kirby. In the last minute of the 1st half Rocester broke away and crossed for Chris Owen to back heal the ball into the net, 1-1 Half time.
The second half was a totally different matter with Rocester pressing Kirby back from the 1st whistle. In the 47th minute Jack Langston shot and hit the bar. Then in the space of 4 minutes John Grady cleared 2 goal bound efforts off the line. Then in the65th minute Jack Langston forced his way into the penalty area and scored with a right footed shot, 2-1 Rocester. Kirby tried to get back into the game but found the Rocester defense solid. In the 79th minute Rocester put the game out of reach when Mensah Kinch crossed from the right for the prolific Chris Sterling to poke the ball home, 3-1 Rocester. Kirby pressed for the remaining minutes but could find no way through, Full time Rocester 3 Kirby 1.
What a game of 2 halves, Kirby totally dominated the 1st and really should have sown the game up before half time. The missed chances cost us dearly as Rocester out played us in the second half. This win moved Rocester in front of us in the table with 2 games in hand. We now have to pick ourselves up for the league cup quarter final away at Boldmere on Tuesday. They have been in great form lately and until Saturday had strung an impressive run of results together, which has moved them up the table. We then host high flying Causeway on Saturday.