Haverhill coach can’t wait for the league season to start

Jake Jeffs could be lining up for Haverhill when they take on March Bears in their first league match of the new season on Saturday
Jake Jeffs could be lining up for Haverhill when they take on March Bears in their first league match of the new season on Saturday

For head coach Martin Hughes, Haverhill’s first league match at home to March Bears on Saturday (2pm) can’t come soon enough.

Haverhill’s curtain raiser for the 2015/16 Eastern Counties Greene King Division Two West season comes two week’s after they began their competitive campaign with a 29-26 extra time win over Hadleigh in the preliminary round of the Suffolk Plate.

With last week’s scheduled opponents in the Suffolk Plate quarter-final, Aldeburgh & Thorpeness, conceding the game to hand Haverhill a semi-final trip to Mistley, the start of the league is very welcome for Hughes.

He said: “You can never tell with March what sort of side they are going to come down with, but we will play what is in front of us.

“I’m just looking forward to getting the league season started.

“It will just be nice to get some rugby back in our lives. The players were really keen after we had the game against Hadleigh.

“There was a really good feel at the club.”

Hughes expects to have outside centre Adam Hunt available after he missed last Saturday’s friendly with Newmarket.

He also hopes to have Jake Jeffs at fly-half and Michael Lansdowne at second row.

With one cup tie and one friendly now under their belts, the players, said Hughes, have already felt the benefits of the fitness work they did in the summer.

He said: ”After the 100 minutes of rugby against Hadleigh they all said how fit they felt. They all said the work they’ve done in pre-season has come to bare fruit.”