Haverhill Borough aiming to secure cup progress and new fans
A free meal and entry along with a home cup win is what Haverhill Borough hope will secure them a new generation of supporters on Saturday.
Borough take on Touchline Suffolk and Ipswich League (SIL) Senior Division high-flyers Westerfield United in the Suffolk FA Senior Cup second round (3pm) hoping not just to secure their place in the last eight, but also a rise in attendances.
The club has had 5,000 flyers delivered to local schools in a bid to attract more youngsters through the turnstiles.
Children will get in for free and be entitled to a free sausage, chips and cola lunch if with a paying adult.
Player-manager Martin Westcott says the idea is to get more people into the ground and take an interest in Borough in the future. However, matters on the pitch still have to be taken care of and beating a Westerfield side that sit joint top of the SIL and defeated Thurlow Nunn First Division Woodbridge Town 4-3 in the first round of the Senior Cup will not be easy.
“There are some good teams (in the SIL) and some good players and we’ve got a lot of respect for that,” said Westcott.
“There is certainly a big overlap in our leagues so we won’t be taking anything lightly.
“It’s a big game for us. We’ve got to concentrate on what we do; that’s the main thing.
“At our level it’s a big cup. I’ve been in the final in 2012 when I was with Long Melford and we played at Portman Road, so it’s a big day out for the clubs.”
Borough earned the tie with Westerfield after defeating another SIL Senior Division side, Wickham Market, 3-1 after extra-time in the first round of the CNet Training sponsored cup. Two weeks later Wickham drew 1-1 with Westerfield United.
Borough go into the match off the back of a 3-0 win at Downham Town last Saturday (Tuesday’s First Division KO Cup match at Debenham LC was postponed and will now be played next Tuesday 7.45pm), a performance that left Westcott effusive.
He said: “It was our best performance of the season. I was very proud to be manager of the team after that match.
“They are excellent at home, so to go there and win was a very good result.”
Westcott misses out on Saturday due to a groin strain and skipper Harry Halls is away, but otherwise Borough have no selection issues.
l Haverhill Rovers go to Whitton United in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday (3pm) before facing Lowestoft Town at the New Croft on Tuesday (7.45pm) in the Suffolk FA Premier Cup, with a semi-final place at stake.