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Haverhill’s main focus remains on the title

Players may have to be dragged out of retirement to do so, but Haverhill Hockey Club are determined to ensure their second team remains title bound.

The second XI know that victory at rock-bottom Ely City III on Saturday (10.30am) will confirm them as champions of Division Four North West (South) and give them their 20th win out of 20 with just two games of the season to go.

The first team have a home match in Division Three North West (South) with Cambridge City IV, (3pm), and due to their lengthy injury list the club is having to ask some players to appear in both matches.

Club chairman, Tina Bunch, said: “Both teams need to field a team, especially with the second team hopefully able to win the league this weekend, so we will be essentially having to double up players, within the league restraints.

“Our major issue is the goalkeeper, so we are looking at bringing people out of retirement.

“Mandy Williamson (striker) was in goal last week, which is great because she is very capable, but we need bodies.

“We will patch people up to our full capability but we will have bodies on the pitch.

“I think everybody’s mind is on the ‘invincibles’ and getting the second team over the line with the 100 per cent record in tact. That’s our main focus.”

Should Haverhill II defeat Ely by a margin of more than four goals they will also reach plus 100 goal difference for the season.

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