Abusive comments force closure of Rovers' message board

Haverhill Rovers were forced to close the message board on their website this week after several abusive messages were posted – the majority aimed at new manager Richard Carter.

The board was set up in 2005 to allow fans to share views about games, other events in the league and anything else they chose to discuss.

But in the last two months personal comments and attacks were being made and so the board was closed on Monday, June 12. A club statement said: "Unfortunately, over the two months previously, the board started to need some serious moderation due to some negative personal comments being made.

"Editing such messages did not prevent more from being made, so a warning was posted on the board stating that messages such as these should not be posted and more editing would be made if it was necessary.

"Sadly the messages continued, so the next step was taken and two members were banned from using the board due to the content of their posts following a warning that this would occur.

"Although this seemed to have stopped the comments being made similar posts soon appeared again, so the decision was made to close the board down."

Manager Richard Carter chose not to comment on the posts made on the message board or the closure of it.

There will be 19 teams in Ridgeons League First Division next season after Fulbourn Institute resigned and the league's committee decided no body from the Premier League would be relegated.

Fulbourn have failed to get planning permission for their new ground and will therefore probably rejoin the Cambridgeshire league.

Carter said: "It's disappointing, they were a credit to the league last season and finished third. But I'm in no doubt they shouldn't have been allowed into the league without the facilities."

The Ridgeons cup draws have thrown up a couple of mouthwatering clashes for Rovers.

In the Ridgeons League Cup Rovers will travel to Tiptree United in the preliminary round to engage in battle once again after the seven goal 'needle' encounter at Hamlet Croft in December.

A win for Rovers would see them up against Carter's former club, Long Melford.

In the First Division Knock out Cup Rovers will travel to Ely City.

Sawston United will provide Rovers with friendly opposition at Hamlet Croft on July 29, kick off 3pm. The home game with Mildenhall Town has now been moved to July 27 at 7.45pm.

Captain Marcus Hunt, along with his midfield colleagues Russell Palmer and Jamie Challis, were among the first to sign on for Haverhill Rovers this week after the Ridgeons League released signing on forms.

New signings Marc and Paul Abbott and Dave Walton also signed on the dotted line as manager Richard Carter began to pull his squad together.

Carter said: "Everyone that has agreed to sign will sign.

They wouldn't have given me their word otherwise."

Carter also moved quickly to stop the speculation about Paul Shaw signing for another club. "He's not going any where else contrary to lots of rumours," said Carter.

Ryan Kent, Dan Edwards and Roger Dourado are among other players that have signed on for this season.