Rovers now waiting for appeal date at Wembley

WAITING GAME: Haverhill Rovers manager Ben Cowling
WAITING GAME: Haverhill Rovers manager Ben Cowling

The ongoing saga surrounding Haverhill Rovers’ long-standing battle to be reinstated with three points has taken yet another twist.

Last week a spokesman from The FA told The Echo that the The New Croft-based outfit’s appeal, which was being considered by The FA’s head of discipline, was ‘now a matter for the county FA’.

However, we now understand that, contrary to The FA’s comments, Rovers and the Thurlow Nunn League are awaiting a date to go to Wembley for the appeal to be heard.

Haverhill manager Ben Cowling believes the club have not broken any league rules in the incident in question, which dates back to Mason Newman being deemed ineligible to play in Rovers’ 2-1 win at Wivenhoe Town on October 29, resulting in the points and the outcome being expunged from the record books and forced to be played again.

“We’re now waiting for a day to go to Wembley,” Cowling said. “We’re now talking a fortnight before the game (against Wivenhoe) is supposed to take place again (March 7, not March 8 as stated in error on the League website).

“I can’t believe the appeal will be held before then, or much before then, so you would assume the game will have to be postponed and moved.”

Thurlow Nunn League chairman Peter Hutchings told The Echo: “At the moment we are waiting for The FA to give us a date, that is the situation we are in.

“If it’s not held by (March 7) then clearly the game will be deferred until a decision has been made.”