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Haverhill Rovers will turn adversity into triumph




Player manager Michael Shinn in action for Haverhill Rovers against Brantham Athletic
Player manager Michael Shinn in action for Haverhill Rovers against Brantham Athletic

Haverhill Rovers manager Michael Shinn believes the bitter experience of losing 8-1 to Ipswich Wanderers will prove beneficial in years to come.

Haverhill Rovers manager Michael Shinn believes the bitter experience of losing 8-1 to Ipswich Wanderers will prove beneficial in years to come.

The home defeat came off the back of a good 1-0 win over Fakenham Town on Saturday, a team that was actually above Ipswich in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division prior to Tuesday’s encounter.

While admitting that the defending on Tuesday was ‘just not good enough’ Shinn was able to see the bigger picture as he builds for the future.

The appearance in the team of 18-year-old Oliver Stevenson, who scored Rovers’ goal on his first team full debut and earned praise from his manager, 21-year-old Charlie Sigler and teenagers Will Gardner and Ty Alleyne show where Rovers see their longer-term future.

Shinn said: “Saturday against Fakenham was typical of how we perform. We put our bodies on the line for each other. That will continue.

“The balance of our squad at the moment I’m pretty pleased with. We have got experience and youth, pace and strength, the only thing that we are not at the moment is consistent.

“But when you are developing a squad and developing young players you are going to get inconsistencies but I will suffer that because I am looking long term because in three to four years time we are going to reap the benefit of last night, in a strange way.

“I’m not going to lose my faith in the young players just because of what happened last night.

“Defensively last night was not good enough but in possession I was pleased people were brave enough to get on the ball even when things were not going well.”

Rovers have a chance to put right the thrashing when they face Thetford Town at home on Saturday (3pm) - a team that is locked on the same points as 15th-placed Rovers and only above them on goal difference

Shinn said: “I think you can sit here and analyse last night as much as you want but we are better just forgetting about it and learning from what happened defensively.

“We know exactly where we are going as a squad and as a group of players. Everyone in the dressing room knows exactly what is expected of them.”

For the visit of Thetford, Rovers will have experienced defender/midfielder Marcus Hunt available again and Perry Moody is expected to shake off a slight injury in time for the match.

Top scorer, striker Dan Cornwell, will miss out due to some personal issues but otherwise Shinn expects full availability.

Saturday’s match is also acting as a fund-raiser for the Stroke Association in honour of long-time club supporter and former Rovers committee member, Nick Wray, who suffered a stroke in early January.



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