Ali Shulver aims to extends Haverhill Rovers’ fine form

Haverhill Rovers V Ely City.   Haverhill's No. 5, Kingham.
Haverhill Rovers V Ely City. Haverhill's No. 5, Kingham.

Haverhill Rovers caretaker manager Ali Shulver is hoping they can continue their recent fine form into 2013, starting with CRC tomorrow (Saturday, January 5, 3pm kick off).

Shulver brought Rovers’ sequence of three Thurlow Nunn League draws to an end as his side ended in-form Ely City’s five game unbeaten at the New Croft last Saturday (December 29).

“The players are in good spirits and we have a decent squad at the moment, so if they can stay fit and injury free and motivated then they can go out and do the business,” said Shulver.

“They looked after themselves through the festive period, keep themselves motivated and always want to perform, which makes my job easy.”

He has been impressed with the form Rovers have shown since he took charge, and is hoping to continue that against a poor CRC side scrapping it out at the foot of the table with just two wins from 19 games.

“You never know what you will be facing with them as they could have some skilful kids or (Cambridge United) first team players, but if we prepare ourselves how we have been and have a work ethic to match theirs, giving 100 per cent, then the result will follow,” said Shulver.

“They are effectively a United reserve team so it’s reassuring when you play them at the same time the first XI are playing as there’s always the risk they’ll have those one or two players who can make all the difference if you play them midweek.”

Shulver will be without combative midfielder Stuart Kingham for the CRC game as he serves a one match suspension.

Jamie Challis, who has missed much of the campaign, is returning to fitness and should line up for Rovers again by the end of January.

Star striker Dan Cornwell scored on Saturday to take his goals total to 13 in 14 games, the league’s fifth highest scoring.

Rovers’ second highest scorer is Jack Higgs on four, but Shulver insisted they are not totally dependant on Cornwell.

“All the top teams have someone to put the ball in the net, but it’s not just taking the chance that’s important it’s creating it,” said the coach.

“It’s credit to the whole team that Dan is scoring so many and if the other boys keep doing their work he’ll keep on scoring.

“I do believe that if he doesn’t score we can still get the result as we’ve done that this season when he’s suspended or missing as we do have other goal scorers – it’s just he’s the one always getting in the six yard box.”

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