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Haverhill Rovers recovery delights Shinn




BIG INFLUENCE: Experienced defender Marcus Hunt's (centre) return to Rovers starting XI helped them earn a 0-0 draw with Thetford Town
BIG INFLUENCE: Experienced defender Marcus Hunt's (centre) return to Rovers starting XI helped them earn a 0-0 draw with Thetford Town

Rovers manager Michael Shinn was delighted to see his side rediscover their frugal side as they prepare for a local derby on Saturday.

Last Saturday’s goalless draw with Thetford came just four days after an 8-1 home defeat to Ipswich Wanderers, a defeat that came just days after Rovers kept another clean sheet with a 1-0 win over Fakenham Town.

Now Rovers must prepare for their trip to Newmarket, a side in seventh place in the table and one that has experienced defeat just four times in their 27 league matches to date.

The match kicks off at 6pm as it is part of one of the Thurlow Nunn League’s special Groundhopper Days, and Shinn is aware it will be a difficult game.

He said: “It’s a toughie but two clean sheets in three games was nice defensively.

“It will be a tough game but I’m sure if we set up right there’s a chance we can get something from it.”

Rovers are unlikely to risk centre-half Nick Wilderspin, who has missed the last three games with a groin strain, but Marcus Hunt should start in his stead again after performing well against Thetford.

Teenage midfielder Oliver Stevenson has grabbed his chance in the first team after getting his first start against Ipswich Wanderers, leaving his manager very impressed by his performances, but Rovers are without another midfielder, James Murray, who is away.

Under-18s striker Ty Alleyne is likely to start again up front.

In their match Rovers and Thetford - who began the game level on points - were both unable to carve out an opportunity that ever looked very likely to break the deadlock.

The first half didn’t provide anything substantial to report, but was not the worst 45 minutes of football by any standards.

Ty Alleyne had a shot cleared away from the Thetford goal in what was probably the best chance of the opening half.

The closest either side came to scoring fell to Thetford ten minutes after the break. Ryan Pearson beat Sam Holmes for pace down the left wing and his low cross was read by goalkeeper Jack Cherry who came out to the feet of half-time substitute Olly Standley to stop him from scoring.



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