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Haverhill Rovers in talks to boost side’s firepower

Haverhill Rovers player-manager Michael Shinn in action during their 1-1 draw with Ipswich Wanderers. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen.
Haverhill Rovers player-manager Michael Shinn in action during their 1-1 draw with Ipswich Wanderers. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen.

Haverhill Rovers are in talks with a goalscorer that player-manager Michael Shinn believes could help take them onto another level.

The frontman has spoken to Shinn about joining Rovers and if the deal progresses he could be involved in Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division derby at home to Saffron Walden Town (3pm).

Rovers have lost just once in their last nine league outings, but Shinn knows a good finisher could have turned some of the five draws they have had in that run into victories.

Speaking on Tuesday, Shinn said: “The early conversation I had (with the potential new striker) this morning seemed pretty good.

“It’s obvious we need an out-and-out goalscorer.

“If three of those draws turn into wins it’s an extra six points and in the league table you have moved up a lot of places.

“It is something we have needed for a long time and we are always patient. There’s no point in rushing and getting someone who doesn’t fit in.”

The forward in question has been playing this season for a Ryman Division One side, said Shinn, but he has not always been in the starting XI.

The progress made so far this season by what is a young squad with an average age of just under 24 has been very pleasing to Shinn, who cited their ability to get something out of games in which they have fallen behind — as with Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday, where they conceded an early goal but came back to draw 1-1.

Last season the outcome would most likely have been different, as Shinn explained: “Last season when we went behind we more often than not got beaten three or four nil but this season there have been in games when things didn’t go our way, like this weekend, but we have stayed in the game and got something from it.”

An even brighter future could lay ahead should Rovers get their man.

“There are lots of positives still to come, I’m sure” added Shinn.

“But it’s going to take time and when, or if, we get this centre-forward we are not going to become a top six side overnight, but in the long term if we can keep the lads together there’s no reason why we can’t become a force in this league.”

Rovers, who are now just five points behind sixth-placed Gorleston, have no injury, suspension or availability concerns for the visit of Saffron Walden Town.

Shinn gave his squad the night off from training on Tuesday, but much to his delight they decided to organise their own session and facilities.

l Haverhill Borough, who are not in action this weekend, won 4-3 at Needham Market Reserves last Friday thanks to goals from Craig Pruden, Matt Staines, Ryan Swallow and Harry Halls (pen).

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