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Rocester boss Mark Kavanagh says he is not unhappy with his side’s start to the Midland Alliance season as they….

….travel to Causeway today looking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat.

The Romans were beaten 2-0 at home by high-flyers Alvechurch – the second time they have lost to the Bromsgrove side in the space of a month – having also been beaten in the season opener.

Kavanagh’s men are currently fourteenth in the table, and he does not believe that is a bad achievement for a young team formed virtually from scratch over the summer following the departure of former boss Dave Langston and the majority of the playing squad.

“To be where we are in the league, I’m pleased with that so far, I think,” said Kavanagh.
“We’re a young side and we’ve got no money to bring anyone else in – we’re flat broke.

“Hopefully these youngsters will start to learn from their mistakes.

“We had nineteen players for training this week and we’re not paying them anything, so that is promising.”

Today’s opponents have won both of their games at home so far this season and are currently sitting eighth in the table.

Kavanagh said: “They’re all tough games in this league.

“We’ll go there with a full squad and hopefully be a bit more up for it than last Saturday.

“We were unlucky on Saturday, and I think that a draw would have been a fair result.

“We started well but then faded, which was a bit disappointing – our energy levels dropped.

“Then they had two chances and took them.”

Kavanagh will hope to blood two new players this weekend after bringing in central midfielders Ryan Rutland and Paul Whalley.

“Ryan is an 18-year-old who we’ve signed on and have high expectations of, and we’re also pleased to bring in Paul Whalley, who was at Newcastle Town last year,” said Kavanagh.

“We’ve seen how well Danny Brain did coming off the bench against Alvechurch last weekend, and he’s only 17, so hopefully these lads can have a similar impact.”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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