Strong competition for places is what Haverhill Rovers manager Ali Shulver is looking forward to once the latest bout of injuries subside.
Rovers were without six first teamers for Tuesday’s (February 5) defeat at Ely City, though the makeshift XI only succumbed to a late strike.
Greg Strong will likely be out for another week or two, while Aaron Forshaw – who is Haverhill’s only representative in the Suffolk under 18 XI due to play their Essex counterparts today (Thursday, February 7) – will likely be out for the same period.
Top scorer Dan Cornwell will hopefully return, while long term absentees Jamie Challis and Sam Holmes should return in around two and one months respectively.
With the side at full strength and the new additions of wing wizard Jack Wilkinson from Needham Market, and centre half Dan Morphew from Thetford Town, who made his first start at Ely, Shulver is optimistic that the squad will be in good place for a strong finish to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
“Until recently the squad has been quite small, but we’ve made these two signings to strengthen and once players are back from injury we should have competition for places,” said the coach.
“That’s something we’ve never had since I’ve been in charge as it’s just been a numbers game before, and I want to see a real competition for places develop.”
Shulver played Jack Higgs as a striker with Callum Harrison against Ely following the latter’s two goal salvo against Felixstowe on Saturday (February 2).
“He was initially brought here as a striker but has played wide because he has such a good left foot. Wilkinson can play down the flanks or the middle, so having both gives us more flexibility.
“Morphew also had a really good game, he stood strong and distributed the ball well.”
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