Haverhill Rovers look to add experience to squad

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers v Felixstowe and Walton United  Pictured: ANL-160320-185509009
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers v Felixstowe and Walton United Pictured: ANL-160320-185509009

Haverhill Rovers have moved to sign some experienced players to help them avoid being dragged into the bottom three.

Seven day approaches have been made for the players, and Rovers are hopeful one of them will be involved in their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division trips to Newmarket Town on Saturday (3pm) and Long Melford on Monday (3pm).

Rovers secretary Peter Betts took charge of the first team’s 3-0 home defeat to Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday, assisted by youth team coaches Alan Boddey and Kevin Austin, because first-team coach Tom Donati was away at a wedding and fellow coach Dan Pilcher was unavailable.

Mick Reardon, who was only appointed as interim first-team manager on March 2, has already left the club after a six-week relocation with work meant he would not be available to Rovers for the rest of the season.

Betts said: “We’ve got some seven day approaches in at the moment.

“However, we are only looking at two, maybe three players just to boost the squad up really.

“It would be nice to bring in a striker and another experienced defender and midfielder.

“We’ve got some good young players, it’s just a case of getting through these last seven games and starting again in the summer.”

The approaches to the more experienced players have been made, added Betts, to augment a largely young squad, which aside from Rovers’ own youth products, includes St Neots Town loanees Claudio Ofosu, Dan Hobbs, Zak Rudman and Erhan Nurettin and goalie Callum Robinson, on work experience from Colchester United.

Rovers have seven league games left and are currently 13 points above second bottom Fakenham Town, who have just six matches to play, and eight above third bottom Thetford Town, who have seven matches left.

Haverhill’s chance of avoiding relegation looks to be further enchanced when taking into account a side being promoted up to the Ryman League coupled with one coming down, which looks likely and would mean only two teams would be relegated.

The overall situation leaves Rovers unwilling to invest much on new players.

Betts added: “At the moment, are we going to achieve any more by finishing 13th or 17th?

“If we have that money there and have a good summer in terms of commercial activity then we should have a competitive budget next year to have another go at it.”

nHaverhill Rovers were runners-up in the Under-14 FA People’s Cup after losing the final to Sandwell Academy 4-2.

n Haverhill Borough are away to King’s Lynn Town Reserves on Saturday (3pm) and at home to Leiston Reserves on Monday (3pm) in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

Martin Wescott’s side are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions, having won two and sit 11th in the league table.