Haverhill Borough camp ‘is buzzing’ ahead of their Great Yarmouth test
Haverhill Borough head to Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday for what is the match of the day in The Thurlow Nunn League First Division.
Both sides are in fine form of late, with the fourth-placed hosts having suffered just one league defeat in 12 and fifth-placed Borough unbeaten in their last eight in the league.
The Norfolk side sit four points ahead of Borough and just three behind third-placed Saffron Walden Town, over whom they have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.
The match has been made into a pay-what-you-can one by The Bloaters, who will be hoping a large crowd can help propel them in their promotion push.
Borough player-manager, Martin Westcott is sticking by his prediction of last week that promotion is still beyond his team, but they remain as motivated as ever to win every match.
He said: “Great Yarmouth need to win the game but of course we want to give a good account of ourselves and finish as high as we can and we are not just going to go there and roll over.
“The players are up for all games. At the moment the atmosphere is really good. They are all really keen to play, which is great, everyone is enjoying their football at the moment.
“There’s a bit of a buzz around the place so it’s really nice to see.
“We are doing everything the right way and players are coming on and responding to the training we are doing and the tactics we are using.
“There’s a really good team feeling in there. There’s no arguing on the pitch it’s a pleasure to be a part of it.
“Long may that continue.”
Borough have three enforced changes form the side that drew 1-1 with sixth-placed March Town United on Saturday.
Captain and top-scorer Ryan Weaver starts a two-game ban having picked up ten yellow cards this season.
Last week’s goalscorer Lee Salmons has family commitments and central defender Cameron Watson is away on holiday.
Attacking midfielder Luke Latham returns however and with Westcott’s ankle injury likely to see him start on the bench the availability of Chris Thomas gives Borough a strong presence up front.
Full back Ash Drew remains sidelined with his hamstring injury, but his absence is countered by the availability of Ryan Geoghegan.
•Cody Frazier and Anthony Choat have taken over as joint managers of Borough’s reserves after Rod Gaffan left to become West Wratting first team manager.