Rovers boss sets sights on 40-point mark

END IS NIGH: Rovers are set to learn their fate over Mason Newman's appearance aganist Wivenhoe back in October
END IS NIGH: Rovers are set to learn their fate over Mason Newman's appearance aganist Wivenhoe back in October

Ben Cowling is hopeful his Haverhill Rovers side will be sat on 40 points in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table come Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Jordan Palmer and Sam Holmes helped Rovers come from behind to beat Fakenham Town 2-1 at the weekend, a result which helped to ease some of the lingering fears of relegation this season.

Three members from the club’s committee will be at Wembley Stadium today to put forward their appeal against the points deduction for fielding an ineligible player in the 2-1 win at Wivenhoe Town on October 29.

And ahead of hosting Ely City tomorrow night (7.45pm), Rovers manager Cowling is targeting a six-point haul over the next 48 hours to push them up the table and all but safe.

“When you look at the table, if we were to get three points against Ely and win our appeal, we could be in 11th place on 40 points,” Cowling said. “We’d then go into the last nine or 10 games with the chance of finishing much higher up.

“Ely on Friday is a really big game, then we’ve got to play Swaffham and Wivenhoe after that.

“If we can win those we’re then looking at Brantham (11th) and Ipswich Wanderers (10th) who are above us and trying to catch them. We want to finish as high as we can.”