Haverhill Rovers got their promotion challenge back on track as they leapfrogged Mildenhall Town into fourth place in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division as two second half strikes secured a 2-0 win over their local rivals at the New Croft on Saturday (November 23).
Rovers came into the game on the back of successive 1-0 defeats at league leaders Hadleigh United (on November 9) and Felixstowe and Walton United (November 16), and we level on points with The Hall but behind them by one strike on goal difference.
The game started evenly balanced, Jack Wilkinson setting up Andrew Ofosu whose shot was cleared before Marc Abbott’s follow up shot was blocked before Allicion Blake beat Stuart Kingham to a ball over the top only to see his powerful shot blocked by Jamie Greygoose.
After Simon Newnes headed Richard Logan’s cross out Dan Hitching rose highest from the corner to head against the underside of the bar and in, but before he could turn away to celebrate the referee blew for a foul in the build up play and the goal was not allowed.
Kingham headed backwards from a Marc Abbott corner to force Josh pope to strecth out to turn his shot over, and then Ofosu was just too low to reach Wilkinson’s cross, and Aaron Turner almost poked the ball into his own net.
Greygoose’s foot kept out Michael Harvey’s volley and in stoppage time Dan Cornwell was frustrated not to bew awarded a penalty after surging past Pope only to be pulled back in the box.
Ofosu forced a good save from Pope after the interval and Cornwell headed the rebound into his arms before the striker set up Ben Robinson who fired into the post before Rovers’ top scorer saw his follow up cleared off the line by Dave Werthmann.
The deadlock was broken before the hour mark when Robinson surged down the right and crossed into the box where Ofosu beat Pope to the ball to head home.
Cornwell then sent Ofosu down the right and he pulled the ball back for Marc Abbott, who completely skewed his shot despite having time and space.
Seventeen year old Rovers youth product Jordan Read replaced Ofosu with four minutes remaining and shortly after Cornwell turned and lifted the ball over the defence but was unable to keep his volley down.
In the last minute Cornwell surged down the right and cut inside, and despite seeing his initial attempt blocked by Ricky Cornish managed to regain control off the ball and pull it back across the six yard line for Read to fire home and secure the points on his senior debut.
Video highlights courtesy of Non League TV.
Rovers next play at Newmarket Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup tomorrow (Tuesday, November 26, 7.45pm kick off).
The Hall, who dropped to sixth, host Ely City in the same competition tomorrow (Tuesday, November 26, 7.45pm kick off).
For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (November 28) Echo.