Haverhill Rovers looking to capitalise on home advantage

Haverhill Rovers skipper Sam Holmes in action against Hadliegh United earlier this season
Haverhill Rovers skipper Sam Holmes in action against Hadliegh United earlier this season
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Haverhill Rovers skipper Sam Holmes says their team spirit is stronger than ever as they look to end a winless run that has reached ten matches.

Holmes, who was made first-team captain back in late August by then interim manager Peter Betts, feels the togetherness in the camp is the best it has been all season as they prepare for the visit of Fakenham Town on Saturday (3pm).

He said: “Everyone has the same sort of attitude and everyone is there because they want to be there and play for each other, whereas at the beginning of the season we had a terrible start and heads dropped and attitudes were not there.

“Everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet now.

“Everyone is in it together and wants to be in it together — it’s a good atmosphere.”

Saturday’s opponents Fakenham were the final team Dean Greygoose faced as Rovers manager, but the 4-1 defeat on August 23 saw him dismissed and Betts installed in temporary charge.

Betts made fans’ favourite Holmes the new captain, a role he has retained after the subsequent arrival of player-manager Michael Shinn.

Holmes has also been switched from what had become his regular starting slot at centre-back to playing at right-back, with Nick Wilderspin and Martyn Farrant now the usual central defensive pairing.

With last week’s 3-0 defeat at runaway Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders Norwich United now behind them, Rovers will be out to make the most of three home matches in an eight-day spell against Fakenham, Ipswich Wanderers (7.45pm on Tuesday) and Thetford Town — all teams that are placed in mid-to-lower table.

Holmes said: “I would like to think we would at least pick up two wins out of three.

“Ideally it will be three wins out of three. Performances are there so hopefully results will follow.”

“I know at the beginning of the season we went to Fakenham and lost and that was Dean’s last game.

“We lost 4-1 but I didn’t think that was a 4-1 loss and it was a bit unfortunate the way it went.

“I would like to think we could pick up points against any of the teams we are playing.

“I think the players we have got are good enough to do that.”