Wozniak impresses on debut for Rovers

AWAY WIN: Rovers boss Ben Cowling
AWAY WIN: Rovers boss Ben Cowling

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Haverhill Rovers manager Ben Cowling described new Polish signing Rafal Wozniak’s first game for the club as a ‘very good debut’.

The striker has been training with The New Croft-based outfit for the last few months, and was eligible to play in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fakenham Town after receiving international clearance from the relevant bodies.

Wozniak lasted 68 minutes before being substituted , with Rovers boss Cowling pleased with how the debutant fared in his first outing for his new side.

“Rafal worked his socks off for an hour, it was a very good debut,” Cowling said.

“He has lived in the town for little over a year now and contacted the club through the website asking if he could come and train with us.

“I was more than happy for him to come and train and within a couple of training sessions we decided we needed to sign him on.

“It took a little longer than we wanted to get the international clearance for him, but he’s got clearance now for the next year to play.”

Rovers picked up their first away win of 2017 with a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Fakenham at the weekend.

The away side were definitely the strongest at the start of the game but, against the run of play, the hosts scored with their first real attack of the game.

Haverhill defender Owen Boddey beat Ashley Jarvis to a header after a cross from the left, but the ball fell to the impressive Joe Jackson, who controlled it before 
hitting a strong volley from 10 yards out, which found the roof of the net in the 24th minute.

Rovers deservedly levelled the game with 37 minutes on the clock.

Jordan Palmer and Wozniak led a counter-attack that ended with the latter being brought down by goalkeeper Tom Rix in the penalty area.

Palmer stepped up and slotted home the spot kick to make the scoreline level at the break.

At the other end, visiting goalkeeper Charlie Turner pulled off a spectacular save to tip over Joel Glover’s header from a corner on the left.

Two minutes after the break Rovers were in the lead for the first time in the encounter.

Mitchell Burr, returning to the starting line-up after three-and-a-half months away, slipped the ball diagonally left for Sam Holmes, who outpaced his marker before rolling it past a frozen Rix and into the bottom right corner from eight yards out.

Haverhill Rovers: Turner, Geoghegan, Burr, Abbott, Holmes, Boddey, Sartini (Haines 90), Milne, Wozniak (Weaver 68), Palmer, Bradley (Halls 68)

Sub not used: Jebb

Attendance: 83.

n Rovers host Cambridgeshire neighbours Ely City tomorrow night (7.45pm), having lost 2-1 to The Robins last month.