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Committee member plays part in winner

MIDFIELD BATTLE: Haverhill's Jesse Luff battles for the ball with Newmarket's Colby Williams (number eight)
MIDFIELD BATTLE: Haverhill's Jesse Luff battles for the ball with Newmarket's Colby Williams (number eight)


Newmarket Town 2

Haverhill Rovers 3

A 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot for Haverhill Rovers provided a fitting end to an entertaining game that had almost everything at Newmarket Town’s Cricket Field Road ground on Saturday afternoon.

A threadbare away side saw interim manager Tom Donati make his debut with committee member Ian Ford being the only substitute.

Nevertheless, they started the encounter well, before going behind against the run of play on 14 minutes.

Deakan Napier made it to the byline and, as his cross came in, he went down under the challenge of Marcus Hunt.

The referee pointed to the spot and Napier dusted himself down to fire in from 12 yards out.

However, Haverhill levelled the scoreline in the 38th minute when Mitchell Burr’s pinpoint cross from the left found Rory Jebb, who directed his effort beyond the reach of a stationary Dan Heath in the home side’s goal.

Then, just two minutes later, Rovers went in front. A corner from the left was caught up in the six yard box and Marcus Hunt was on hand to flick the ball through a crowd of players and over the line.

Yet, on the hour mark, hosting Newmarket responded with an equalising goal as Napier’s well struck free-kick got the better of Haverhill goalkeeper Callum Robinson.

There was to be some late drama, though, as Haverhill claimed a last-gasp winning goal.

Newmarket were unable to clear a Luke Haines free-kick, which Jesse Luff put back in and Ford, who had come on late in the second half, produced an overhead kick that was handled before hitting the post.

The second penalty of the match was awarded and Hunt struck it sweetly just under the bar and into the top right corner to secure all three points for just the second time in 2016.

n Rovers had been due to take on Long Melford at Stoneylands on Easter Monday, but the encounter was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

The fixture has since been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 27 (7.45pm).

n Tomorrow, in what is a quick turnaround, Haverhill will face Newmarket again, this time at the New Croft (7.45pm).

If Donati’s men can back up last weekend’s win with another three points on this occasion, they will leapfrog the Jockeys into 12th position in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.

Haverhill Rovers: Robinson, Luff, Burr, Claydon, Hunt, Donati, Cowdrey, Easton-Mulcare, Jebb, Haines, Bailey (Ford, 83).

Booked: Haines.

Attendance: 64.

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