THE Chester Romans American football team are hoping to carry the positive momentum that they’ve built over the past two weeks into their crucial upcoming fixture.

After staging a battling second-half performance against Sandwell Steelers, the Romans went on to record their first win of the season against Lancashire Wolverines.

This weekend, though, the team will find themselves up against second-placed Shropshire Revolution - a side who have only tasted defeat this season against a seemingly unstoppable Sandwell side.

But the team and supporters can take some comfort from Chester’s home form this season.

The Romans’ recent success over Lancashire came after they were beaten by the narrowest of margins on the opening day of the season, losing 7-6 to Nottingham Caesars.

And Chester Romans Head Coach, Levi Edwards, hopes that home advantage will inspire his side to another positive performance, and hopefully to another valuable win.

Speaking to the Leader, he said: “It’s good to play at home where everything is nicely settled, especially at this level of football.

“It makes such a big difference to not have to make the long journeys to away grounds and playing at home in front of our supporters is what we play for.”

After their

20-14 home success over Lancashire Wolverines

last time out, Chester Romans currently find themselves fourth in their six-team NFC 1 South division.

But with the two teams below them (Lancashire and Doncaster Mustangs) also playing against one another on Sunday, May 19, the pressure is on the Romans to pick up another win.

Edwards, though, insists that his team approach every game as a ‘must-win’. He says: “There’s no point playing (American) football, or any sport if you don’t go out to win.

“We try to win every game we play, but there’s a lot of really good teams in this division, and anyone can beat anyone.”

Chester Romans welcome Shropshire to the Cheshire County Sports Club fresh from their recent win over Lancashire.

Wide Receiver Rory Mansfield ran in two vital touchdowns to swing the game in his team’s favour as the Romans battled back twice from losing positions before eventually claiming the all-important win.

Shropshire, meanwhile, haven’t played since their 37-0 drubbing at the hands of the league-leaders, Sandwell Steelers on April 28. Before that, though, the team did record 15-8 and 36-6 wins over Lancashire and Doncaster respectively.

Chester Romans are due to kick-off against Shropshire at 2.00pm on Sunday, May 19, at the Cheshire County Sports Club.