Five Haverhill Rovers’ players have been called up by the Suffolk FA to the under-18 squad for the East Anglian Counties Championship match against Cambridgeshire.
James Philp, Ty Alleyne, Will Gardner, Lawrence Healey and Rhys Shulver are in the squad for the opening fixture of the season at Histon on Thursday, October 15 (7.30pm). It is a first call up for goalkeeper Philp.
Rovers’ manager Michael Shinn welcomed the news. “This is great for the club,” he said. “It proves that we are moving in the right direction with our youth policy.
“The coaches here have done a great job over the last few years, and I am lucky to have inherited such a good group of players, who have a good attitude and good ability. They are a pleasure to work with.
“Most of them have come through from the under-12s, and it is great to watch them.”
Other players in the squad are: Ryan Yallop (Bury Town), Jamie Hilton (Mildenhall Town), James Baughurst, Stefano Mallardo, Wayne Blackman, James Axcell (AFC Sudbury), Jake Dye, Will Crisell, Taylor Bannister, Tobie Stollery (Needham Market), George Mrozek (Hadleigh Utd).
n Rovers, who were without a first team game last weekend, are back in Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division action on Saturday when they host Stanway Rovers (3pm).
Shinn gave his players the weekend off, but he was joined by most of them watching Haverhill Borough beat Cornard United 4-0 in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.