Pre-season results not a big concern for Haverhill Borough boss

Haverhill Borough's new assistant player-manager, Gareth Thomas, scored their goal in a 2-1 pre-season defeat at Biggleswade United
Haverhill Borough's new assistant player-manager, Gareth Thomas, scored their goal in a 2-1 pre-season defeat at Biggleswade United

Pre-season results may have gone against Haverhill Borough so far, but manager Martin Westcott is not the least bit worried about it.

Borough began their series of friendlies with a 3-0 loss against a full-strength Cambridge City, who play three divisions higher.

Last Saturday they lost 4-2 at Kershaw Senior A side Chatteris Town, having led 2-0 courtesy of Aaron Forshaw and Craig Pruden.

Borough then lost 2-1 on Tuesday against a Biggleswade United team (Gareth Thomas with the goal) that plays one step higher in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.

Westcott has taken the matches as an opportunity to try out new formations and to see how some of the reserve players shape up.

The player-boss believes the outcome of the matches already played and of the forthcoming friendlies at home to Mildenhall Town on Friday (7.45pm), at home to Newmarket Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) and away to Takely on Saturday, August 1 (3pm) are of less relevance than the lessons that can be learned.

“They are all good challenges for us and we may conceivably not win any of our pre-season games, but I’m not too worried about it,” said Westcott

“As long as you are fit, have a way of playing you are happy with and have the personnel you want and are ready to go, that’s what matters.

“We knew we had to change the formation from last year, looking at what happened and the idea was to do it in these pre-season games.

“There’s no better way of doing it than in real games.”