Norwich test in store for Haverhill Rovers

Julie Ankers collecting her People's Champion award from the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo sports editor Russell Claydon at the 2015 St Edmundsbury Sports Awards.
Julie Ankers collecting her People's Champion award from the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo sports editor Russell Claydon at the 2015 St Edmundsbury Sports Awards.

Haverhill Rovers face the tough task of trying to beat runaway leaders Norwich United at the New Croft on Saturday (3pm).

The Norfolk side are the reigning champions and have only lost once in 22 Thurlow Nunn league Premier Division matches, 19 of which have been victories. It also included a 4-1 win at home to Rovers in August.

Rovers’s local derby at Newmarket Town fell foul of an unfit pitch on Saturday and they dropped to eighth following a win for Hadleigh United.

On Saturday, Rovers will be looking to collect their first win in four league attempts.

Off the pitch, Rovers are now looking for a new club secretary following the departure of Julie Ankers.

Julie joined Rovers in June 2013 after eight years at Cambridge United and among many things was instrumental in seeing the club’s youth and senior sections become united under one committee.

In October 2015, her work at Rovers was recognised at the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards, where she received the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo People’s Champion award.

Ankers combined her main role of secretary with that of being treasurer for the youth section and even managed the Girls U-11 team.

•Having seen two of their three scheduled Thurlow Nunn League First Division games called off so far in 2016, Haverhill Borough will be hoping their match at Leiston Reserves (3pm) goes ahead on Saturday.

On Wednesday (27) Borough face Cornard United at home in the quarter-final of the First Division Knockout Cup as they aim to reach the semi-final for the second successive season.