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Haverhill Borough top scorer rejects a move as new coach is named

Danny Shipton, left, in action during his time at Haverhill Rovers
Danny Shipton, left, in action during his time at Haverhill Rovers

Former Haverhill Rovers and Braintree Town defender Danny Shipton has been appointed first-team coach at Haverhill Borough.

The arrival of Shipton to work alongside first-team player-manager Martin Westcott and assistant manager Gareth Thomas follows hot on the heels of top scorer Ryan Weaver’s decision to reject a move to Saffron Walden Town.

Shipton and Westcott have known each other for a number of years and played in the same Haverhill Rovers team together, so the latter knows what he has to offer.

“He is going to be invaluable to have on match days because he’s got a great deal of experience”, explained Westcott. “Having known him for a number of years, his philosophy towards football is the same as mine and Gareth’s so he’s going to be a great person to have around.

“I think he will benefit the club as a whole because he will put on a really good training session for the first team and the reserves as well.”

Saturday’s home Thurlow Nunn League First Division match with Leiston Reserves (3pm) will be the first for the new-look management team.

With Borough having been without a scheduled fixture last weekend, it will also be the first match for 13-goal top scorer Weaver since he turned down the chance to join First Division title-chasers Saffron Walden Town.

The arrival of Shipton and Weaver’s decision to stay is, believes Westcott, symptomatic of the good things going on at Borough, who currently sit eighth in the first division table.

“He (Weaver) works so hard for us,” said the new boss. “People don’t often realise how much he helps his full-back and he’s a big player in the dressing room.

“I think it does say a lot for the team and the direction we are going in.

“On our day we can beat anyone, we have shown that.

“We just need to be more consistent and show that week in week out.”

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