As far as debuts go, Scott Kemp’s first match for Haverhill Rovers is unlikely to be surpassed.
Less than 72 hours after his move from Witham Town, the 19-year-old striker scored the 94th minute winning goal for Rovers as they saw off Saffron Walden Town 1-0 in their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division derby at The New Croft on Saturday.
Like his twin brother Tyler, who scored a last minute goal on his Rovers debut in their 3-1 victory over Stanway Rovers three weeks earlier - after also switching from Ryman League Witham Town - Scott’s impact was immediate.
The outcome for the former AFC Sudbury teenager could not have been better, as he acknowledged: “I don’t think it could really.
“To score the winning goal, especially that late on; it was such a good feeling. If someone had said to me you will win the game and you will score the winning goal in the last minute I would have taken it hands down.”
Having joined his brother in moving to Witham from AFC Sudbury in the summer, Scott went on to feature 19 times as a forward, 14 of them starts, scoring four goals.
With Tyler having already gone to Rovers the decision to move was partly influenced by his brother, as Scott explained: “I’ve been playing regularly and scored a few goals.
“They were very welcoming to me (at Witham) and I felt really close to them and they are friends but it was a personal decision to move really. I thought it might be better for my career.
“Because I live with him (Tyler) he was always saying ‘come and play for Haverhill.’ Every day it was like, ‘come over here.’ It’s always nice to play with my brother. He’s family and It’s nice to play football with him because I have since we were six or seven years old. We have always been in the same team.”
Scott said he has already noticed the qualities at Rovers that have seen them defeated just once in their past 10 league matches and move up to 10th.
“They are well organised and you could tell in the changing room the spirit was very high,” said Scott.
“From Saturday, hopefully we can push on into the top five for this season. I’ve spoken to Shinny (Rovers player-manager Michael Shinn) and next season we are pushing on for promotion or looking to try to get into the top three, that’s our aim.”
On Saturday, Rovers have a league match at FC Clacton (3pm).
n Haverhill Borough are away to Debenham LC on Saturday in the first round of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division KO Cup (3pm).