Haverhill Rovers leave it late to extend their winning run

Haverhill Rovers players celebrate Riki Baker's last minute winner in their 1-0 victory over Brantham Athletic.  Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen
Haverhill Rovers players celebrate Riki Baker's last minute winner in their 1-0 victory over Brantham Athletic. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen
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A last minute goal from Riki Baker meant Rovers took all three points and extended their run of league victories and clean sheets to four matches.

Brantham were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark when the referee deemed striker Sean Gunn’s tackle on Blake Kicks on the edge of the Rovers penalty box to be reckless, and he dished out a straight red card.

The ten men looked to have thwarted all of Rovers attempts to find a winner until the 90th minute, when from a Brantham corner the home team broke away and midfielder Baker’s well struck shot from just inside the box found the bottom corner, leaving ‘keeper Paddi Hawkins helpless.

The win leaves Rovers in sixth place in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division having lost just once now in their past 13 matches.

On Saturday, Rovers travel to Gorleston for a league match.

Haverhill Borough were without a match on Saturday but, weather permitting, they will go to Debenham LC tomorrow night (Tuesday) for their Thurlow Nunn League First Division KO Cup tie (7.45pm). The game has already been postponed three times.

In the Kershaw Premier League, West Wratting lost 2-1 at Cambridge City Reserves, a team they had beaten 5-0 only six weeks ago.

Wratting’s cause was not helped by skipper Jon Welsh’s 50th minute red card. Substitute Jonny Martin scored their goal.

Linton Granta stretched their unbeaten run to four matches as they continued their resurgence with a 2-2 draw at Gamlingay United.

In-form striker Dale Archer and sub Steve McNicholas scored for the visitors, who remain one point outside of the bottom two.