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Haverhill Borough aiming for another historic win




Matt Staines, seen here after scoring against Leiston Reserves, set up Haverhill Borough's second goal in their 3-0 win at March Town United in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup semi-final. Picture: Gary Brown. ANL-161103-104303002
Matt Staines, seen here after scoring against Leiston Reserves, set up Haverhill Borough's second goal in their 3-0 win at March Town United in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup semi-final. Picture: Gary Brown. ANL-161103-104303002

Haverhill Borough go into Saturday’s county cup quarter-final tie at Ipswich Athletic hoping to pull off a second historic result in four days.

Martin Westcott’s team secured a 3-0 win at March Town United on Tuesday to reach the final of the Thurlow Nunn First Division Knockout Cup — the first time Borough’s first team has reached a cup final since being formed in 2011.

Having made it into their debut final, Borough could set another record on Saturday by beating their hosts, Touchline Suffolk and Ipswich League Senior Division outfit Ipswich Athletic (2.15pm) and making it into the semi-final of the Suffolk FA Senior Cup for the first time.

Borough have never gone beyond the quarter-final stage, but Westcott is confident of success.

He said: “If you are in the quarter-final of a cup competition, you are already a good team, so we will certainly respect them.

“We can compete with any team in the league and certainly with any team in the division below and if we don’t we know we can get turned over.”

Tuesday’s win was achieved thanks to a first goal of the season from midfielder Aaron Forshaw; a deflected strike from range on 26 minutes.

Following it four minutes later was another from Owen Longley, who finished off a Matt Staines cross to score his first goal since rejoining Borough from Halstead Town, and finally an injury time penalty from captain, Harry Halls, awarded after a foul on Ryan Swallow.

Former West Wratting centre-back Ian Bluett made his debut for Borough against March after joining from Haverhill Rovers.

Borough will face Stowmarket Town in the final of the Knockout Cup on Friday, May 6. The venue is yet to be announced.



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