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Haverhill Rovers play down talk of promotion

Tyler Kemp playinf for Haverhill Rovers against Mildenhall Town. FL; ANL-141122-205048009
Tyler Kemp playinf for Haverhill Rovers against Mildenhall Town. FL; ANL-141122-205048009

Chairman Ali Shulver says Haverhill Rovers have no intention of going for promotion, despite league records saying otherwise.

This week the Thurlow Nunn League confirmed four clubs had applied for promotion to the Ryman League — Norwich United, Godmanchester Rovers, Stanway Rovers and Haverhill Rovers.

The table shows it would be an unlikely step for Rovers, who are 16 points behind leaders Norwich United, who also have three games in hand.

Shulver confirmed Rovers’ stance on promotion, saying: “Because we have previously applied for promotion, our ground is already up to Ryman League standards, so it’s like an automatic thing that just goes through.”

Although not certain of what happened, Shulver thinks the club may have been asked in August if they still wanted to go for promotion, told the league ‘yes’ and their application has mistakenly remained on file.

He added: “If you were to say to me now ‘would you apply for promotion?’ I would say no because this season is all about consolidating what we have got.

“At this moment in time we have no intention of applying for promotion.”

Rovers return to Thurlow Nunn Premier action on Saturday when they take on reigning champions Hadleigh United at the New Croft (3pm).

Despite Hadleigh being title holders and occupying fifth place, their recent form is almost a mirror of ninth-placed Rovers.

In the last eight games Hadleigh have collected just one win, while Rovers have lost just twice, one of them a 2-1 defeat to Norwich United.

Despite the two sides’ contrasting form, Rovers’ player-manager Michael Shinn is not getting carried away.

“Every team is going to have a rough spell but on their day they are a good side,” he said. “Can we win the game? Yes.

“Will we go into the game wanting to win it? Of course we will. But I’m under no illusions that they are a very good side.

“We are still every early into the change and although we’ve done well until now Hadleigh is still a massive test.

“Any team in the top six or seven is a massive test, but we go into every game thinking we can win.”

Top scorer Dan Cornwell returns after missing two games through illness and suspension while Rovers are trying to extend Tyler Kemp’s loan from AFC Sudbury before Saturday.

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