SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
Haverhill Borough 1 Haverhill Rovers 0
A spectacular goal by in-form midfielder Ryan Phillips settled last night’s derby cup tie in front of an impressive gate of 654 people.
Phillips collected a pass from Ryan Swallow before cutting inside some 20-yards out in a wide right position and bending the ball in to the top corner past Rovers ‘keeper Charlie Turner.
It was Phillips’ sixth goal in his last five games.
The decisive moment arrived seven minutes into the second period but six minutes later Borough were left with just ten men on the pitch when skipper Gareth Thomas received a second yellow card after catching opposing captain Luke Haines as he hooked the ball clear from just inside his own half.
Rovers had periods of dominance throughout the match, but only once was Borough shot stopper Tom Coombe called upon to make a save worthy of the name, pushing away Danny Hill’s angled drive on 33 minutes.
Craig Pruden had already squandered the best opening of the match as he latched on to a fortunate ricochet off team mate and man-of-the-match Jarid Robson and burst clear into the penalty box only to slice his effort well wide as Turner advanced.
After falling behind Rovers pressed but failed to create one single clear cut chance as Borough’s well organised defence, superbly led by the central defensive pairing of Errol Durell and Casey Phillips, held firm.
The victory earned Borough £800 in prize money and put them into Monday’s First Round draw.
Rovers will hope to banish the disappointment of losing not only to their town rivals but also to a team from one level below them when they face Hadleigh United at home on Tuesday (7.45pm) in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Borough, meanwhile, go to Downham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they look to continue their good start to the season in the Thurlow Nunn Division One.
For a more detailed match report and reaction from both camps buy Thursday’s Haverhill Echo.