Mixed opening day fortunes for Haverhill Rovers and Haverhill Borough

Debutant Matt Staines fires home Haverhill Borough's opening goal in their 4-0 win at Dereham Town Reserves. Picture: Gary Brown ANL-151008-115925002
Debutant Matt Staines fires home Haverhill Borough's opening goal in their 4-0 win at Dereham Town Reserves. Picture: Gary Brown ANL-151008-115925002

The opening round of fixtures in the Thurlow Nunn League held different fortunes for Haverhill Rovers and Haverhill Borough.

Gorleston’s Mitch McKay scored the only goal of the game with a low 30-yard shot in the eighth minute to send Rovers to defeat in their encounter at the New Croft.

The game was watched by 148 people, the day’s highest attendance in the Premier Division.

In a game of few chances Rovers thought they had won a penalty in the 88th minute after new-signing Ryan Weaver went down in the box, but despite vehement appeals the referee waved play on.

There was much better news for Borough in their First Division curtain-raiser at Dereham Town Reserves, as they recorded a 4-0 win.

Winger Matt Staines opened the scoring on his first league start since joining from White Notley before player assistant-manager and skipper Gareth Thomas headed home another early in the second period.

Another debutant, former Hundon striker Craig Pruden, added a third before Chris Thomas joined his brother Gareth on the scoresheet by tapping home the fourth from a rebound.

Rovers are back in league action tomorrow night (Tuesday) with a trip to Stanway Rovers while Borough face Wivenhoe Town at the New Croft on Wednesday (7.45pm).

For fuller match reports from both games buy this Thursday’s (August 13) Haverhill Echo.