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Haverhill Rovers and Haverhill Borough continue their good form

Riki Baker scored his first goal for Haverhill Rovers in their 1-1 draw with Ipswich Wanderers.
Riki Baker scored his first goal for Haverhill Rovers in their 1-1 draw with Ipswich Wanderers.

A first goal in a Haverhill Rovers shirt for Riki Baker earned his side a point against Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday, one day after Haverhill Borough got the better of Needham Market Reserves in a seven-goal thriller.

Baker converted a Ryan Weaver cross in the opening moments of the second half at the New Croft to cancel out Tom Bradlaugh’s eighth minute opener for Wanderers and almost won the match not long after, only for his effort to be ruled out for a foul in the build up.

Despite Ty Alleyne being sent off for two bookable offences Rovers held on to their point to make it just one defeat in their last nine matches in The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Rovers return to action with a Premier Division local derby at The New Croft on Saturday (3pm) against Saffron Walden Town.

In the First Division, Haverhill Borough had an eventful encounter on Friday night at basement side Needham Market Reserves.

Adam Mills put the hosts 1-0 up early on with a long range shot but by half-time Borough had gone 4-1 ahead thanks to goals from Craig Pruden, Matt Staines, Harry Halls (pen) and Ryan Swallow.

Pruden, however, was taken to hospital after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the first half.

The Marketmen pulled one back immediately in the second half and despite Mills’s second of the match in added time Borough took all three points to extend their winning run to four matches, three of them in the league.

Borough’s next match is a First Division tie at home to Braintree Town Reserves on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

Rovers and Borough both got home ties in the next round of the Suffolk Premier Cup and Suffolk Senior Cup, respectively, when they were made on Saturday.

Rovers have a plumb home tie with Conference North Lowestoft Town on November 24, while Borough face SIL Senior Division side Westerfield United on November 21.

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