Player manager Martin Westcott has complete faith in his young Haverhill Borough team as they look to continue rebuilding this season.
Borough suffered their heaviest ever home defeat since joining the Thurlow Nunn League First Division in 2013 when March Town United won 5-1 at the New Croft on Saturday.
Another tough test awaited Borough last night at league leaders Wivenhoe Town (see wwww.haverhillecho.co.uk for result) before they face Cornard United at home on Saturday (3pm).
Although the manner of the defeat to March — in which three of the goals were conceded from set pieces — disappointed Westcott, he also recognises that the team is still rebuilding after losing a number of players in the past few months.
Of the starting XI that lost 1-0 to Team Bury on October 1, 2014, just three players remain; Harry Halls, Charlie Turner and Ryan Geoghegan and many of the current side are young and relatively inexperienced.
Two players who were in that squad have also departed in the past ten days, with full-back Lee Hurkett rejoining Halstead Town last week and midfielder Aaron Forshaw moving to West Wratting this week.
Westcott said: “If you went back 12 months ago and printed out the team sheet and looked at it now it’s a complete rebuild.
“We’ve got good players but we’ve got a massive rebuilding period going on.
“There’s not that many teams in our league that can afford to let that many players go.
“A lot of the ones we have brought in are not experienced players at this level. These are players that have had to step up.
“We have got to, myself and (assistant manager) Gareth Thomas and (first team coach) Danny Shipton keep that in mind when we set the team up.
“The performances are not far off from getting better and if we keep this team together for the rest of the year we will only start to get better.”
Losing Hurkett was a big blow, admitted Westcott, as he brings experience and character to the team, but Harry O’Connor has returned from a long injury lay-off to compensate for that,
Westcott has also been pleased with the attitude and contributions of Ryan Swallow and Charlie Sigler since they joined from Haverhill Rovers and he now has winger Matt Staines regularly available again, something the manager sees as a big bonus.
He said: “Matt Staines coming back has been a real positive for us.
“He just suits our way of playing. He is a really good outlet for us and works hard.
“He just suits our team.”
All in all, Westcott believes a positive future lies ahead for Borough.
He said: “We will be fine. We’ve got good players and we’ve got a good team. We have still got a god spirit.”
n Haverhill Rovers are without a match this weekend but return to action on October 10 with a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division match at home to Stanway Rovers (3pm).