THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Haverhill Borough 1 Dereham Town Reserves 1
Haverhill Borough were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal after a young Dereham second string earned a valiant point.
Victory would have taken Borough to seventh and within just one win of moving into the top five, but their solitary point left them having to settle for a move up to eighth in the table.
Rory Bone fired straight at the keeper and Jonny Milne fired just over after the ball was laid into his path by Matt Staines in a goalless first half.
The hosts came out in the second period and asserted non-stop pressure which paid of when Ryan Swallow volleyed home from six yards in the 59th minute after good work by Milne and Bone. It was his ninth goal of the season.
Borough’s dominance continued but good openings were squandered, most notably when Bone lost his footing and miskicked horribly in front of goal having got past ‘keeper Will Viner, although he was not helped by a goalmouth resembling the no-man’s-land of the Somme.
On 75 minutes Dereham levelled when Mason Thorogood slotted low into the corner past custodian Graham Smith for what was a goal on his debut for the Magpies.
Thereafter followed a rousing game that ebbed and flowed as Dereham’s self-belief rose to new heights and Borough pushed on for a winner.
Gareth Thomas made a lunging goalline clearance for Borough, Smith kept out a piledriver with spectacular save and Craig Pruden contrived to volley over from an angle when just three yards out with Viner nowhere to be seen.
The match was to have no further goals, but the 1-1 draw means Borough have now scored in their last 17 matches and are unbeaten in their last eight as they prepare to face Braintree Town Reserves away at Long Melford’s Stonylands ground on Saturday (3pm).