No room for complacency at Haverhill Rovers

Blake Kicks scored his first goal for Haverhill Rovers first team in their recent 3-0 win over Fakenham Town. ANL-151025-154115009
Blake Kicks scored his first goal for Haverhill Rovers first team in their recent 3-0 win over Fakenham Town. ANL-151025-154115009

The only way Haverhill Rovers will maintain their great run of form is by taking the same attitudes into each game, according to Michael Shinn.

The player-manager has overseen a run that has produced one defeat in 12 games overall, five wins and two draws in the last seven and clean sheets and a tally of nine points from their last three league fixtures.

Rovers are now sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table and have a Suffolk FA Premier Cup quarter-final tie at home to Conference North Lowestoft Town to look forward to on December 8 (7.45pm) after the original match was postponed on Tuesday.

Ever the realist, Shinn knows only the same hard work and application will ensure the continuation of recent good results, starting at home to Brantham Athletic in the league on Saturday (3pm).

“We are obviously on a nice run and full of confidence but I think we are still realistic about where we are as a group of players, “ said Shinn.

“Obviously we are sitting sixth in the table and have played a couple of games more than some teams.

“I would like to think we are in a position where we can see there’s an awful lot of hard work that needs to be done and the danger is that we think we have cracked it.

“I remind the players of that every week.

“We need to keep working hard for each other to make sure we maintain a top half position.

“If we don’t and we fall to the midway point or below that point in the table, I don’t think that’s too drastic when you look at where we were as a team last season. We need to enjoy it.

“At the same time I have said to the boys that a lot of the time in football it is all doom and gloom and when it is going well you need to enjoy it.”

Recent new signing Scott Kemp scored the only goal on debut in the win over Saffron Walden Town, but shortly after turned his ankle over at home and is likely to remain out for another two weeks.

In his absence Ryan Weaver has taken on the mantle of being the lone striker, a role Shinn said he has ‘done excellently.’

Teenager Ollie Stevenson stood in at full-back in the 2-0 win at Whitton United in the absence of Perry Moody, earning the praise of his manager, but Moody is expected to return on Saturday.

Rovers have now conceded just one goal in their last four matches, and Shinn said: “It’s something that’s been long in the making really, we are finally getting some clean sheets and obviously knows how good the goalkeeper (Alex Archer) is but the partnership of Nick Wilderspin and Martyn Farrant in front of him is really good.

“When they are playing so well it gives you a chance and Tyler (Kemp) and Perry have also been playing well in the back four.”

Haverhill Borough have no match on Saturday, but on Tuesday (Dec 1), after three postponements, they will attempt to play their Thurlow Nunn League First Division KO Cup tie at Debenham LC (7.45pm).