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Haverhill Borough chairman reflects on memorable 2014




Haverhill Borough chairman Barry Geoghegan ANL-141205-093442006
Haverhill Borough chairman Barry Geoghegan ANL-141205-093442006

Haverhill Borough chairman Barry Geoghegan reflected on a memorable 2014 that saw his club continue their rapid progression up the pyramid.

Haverhill Borough chairman Barry Geoghegan reflected on a memorable 2014 that saw his club continue their rapid progression up the pyramid.

Borough completed their first season of Thurlow Nunn League football in April, finishing fourth in the First Division, just one place off a third consecutive promotion.

A maiden FA Cup run earlier in this campaign brought more success for Ben Cowling’s side, who battled through two rounds before exiting to Ryman League Premier side Leiston in the first qualifying round.

“It’s been an excellent year,” said Borough chairman Geoghegan. “We’re now into our second year of Thurlow Nunn League football, and it’s gone over all of our expectations.

“Things are looking good.

“It’s good for Haverhill, as it was something that some people thought couldn’t be done.”

Borough ended the calendar year in sixth place, with cup runs in both the FA Cup and FA Vase meaning they have games in hand on most of the teams above them.

“The cup runs have financially pushed us through to next year,” said Geoghegan, who watched Borough reach the first round proper of the Vase this season. “We’ll carry on as we are, with the ethos to take on local players from the borough of Haverhill.

“Before we came along, the young players that came out of the under-18s would go straight into step five football.

“We fill that gap by offering the youngsters a chance at a lower level at step six, so the move up isn’t as big a jump for them.”

Borough visit Braintree Town Reserves on Saturday (3pm) for their first match of 2015, with a First Division Knockout Cup semi-final against AFC Sudbury Reserves coming up in February for Cowling’s side.

“What we’ve done in four years is a great achievement and we want to sustain the level that we’re at,” said the Borough chairman.

“But while the team are doing so well there is the possibility of getting promoted too.”

An injury-time own goal from Ben Lawrence earned Borough a point against First Division leaders Saffron Walden Town on Boxing Day.



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