Haverhill Rovers got back to winning ways on Saturday (January 6) after Wednesday’s (January 2) Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat at Felixstowe with this confident display against second from bottom CRC.
Although the first half felt quite stale for the supporters it had a fair share of incident, the hosts losing defender Sam Holmes in the opening minutes when he was substituted having suffered an ankle injury coming down from a header.
Away goalkeeper Ben Cullingford was twice called in to action in the last 15 minutes of the opening period to prevent Dan Cornwell from scoring.
Callum Harrison and Lamell Howell were both being guilty of missing golden chances for each Haverhill and CRC respectively before the break.
On the hour mark a glaring error by home goalkeeper Elliott Anderson gifted the away side the lead, Bobby Joe Taylor putting a free kick from fully 40 yards out as Anderson allowed the ball to slip through his hands and legs and to roll into the net.
The home side upped their game and, on 67 minutes, a dynamite free kick from sub Jack Higgs 25 yards out left Cullingford powerless as it went in with a slight flick off the inside of the left hand upright.
The winner came on 80 minutes, a Marc Abbott corner going right in on the heavily injured Cullingford at his near left post and, from the scramble, Greg Strong stuck out a foot to get the touch to take it over the goal line for a split second, which was spotted by the assistant referee before the ball was cleared.
CRC also had a free kick deflected just wide in an nervous final few minutes for the hosts.
By Steve Esdale at the New Croft
Rovers next play at Brantham Athletic on Saturday (January 12).
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