Six more points should ensure Haverhill Rovers safety

Haverhill Rovers centre-half Nick Wilderspin
Haverhill Rovers centre-half Nick Wilderspin
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Six points from Haverhill Rovers’ final six games should be enough to banish any relegation concerns, according to manager Michael Shinn.

Rovers go into the Easter fixtures away to top-of-the-form-table Brantham Athletic on Saturday (3pm) and at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Monday (3pm) just six points above third-from-bottom FC Clacton.

While FC Clacton have hit form recently to register three wins in their last six matches, Shinn believes it would be a tall order for the Seasiders to catch Rovers, who are also separated from the bottom three by Wivenhoe Town and Thetford Town.

He said: “We’ve got six games left and I think another six points would see us safe.

“If we can get three points over the Bank Holiday weekend then I will take that, whether that be Brantham or at home to Walsham.

“I think both games are winnable games but I think a target of three points over the weekend would be realistic.”

Many of the bottom five teams play each other over the next few games so will be taking points off each other in their quest to catch sixth-from-bottom Rovers.

Shinn added: “There is still Wivenhoe, Clacton and Thetford (Ely City and Diss Town occupy the bottom two places) below us so for all three of those teams to turn around the points deficit I think would be unlikely.

“It would be silly not to look at it but I think we should be okay.

“If we go down because of our position we are in then we probably deserve to go down, but that’s never been a concern of mine this season.”

Central defender Nick Wilderspin has resumed to training after missing five games with a groin strain and is close to a return to first team duty.

His absence has been keenly felt, as Shinn explained: “He keeps us well marshalled at the back and he has been a miss. He is a character in the dressing room as well.

“He has turned out to be a very good signing for us this season.”

Rovers most recent outing saw them earn a goalless draw at Ipswich Wanderers - only 17 days after Ipswich had trounced Rovers 8-1.

Teenager Ty Alleyne played at centre-half in that match, having previously played in attack, and his showing impressed his manager.

Shinn said: “He was excellent, so I think we have got a player on our hands. He can play both ends of the pitch and he is only 17.

“He’s done really well and I’m really pleased for him.”