Haverhill coach happy with team’s continuity

Rugby action from Haverhill v March Bears. ANL-141025-191806009
Rugby action from Haverhill v March Bears. ANL-141025-191806009

Haverhill head coach Martin Hughes is savouring the relative luxury of being able to field almost the same team for the second week running.

The coach played his part on the pitch in Haverhill’s 32-12 win last Saturday at March Bears and although he will be away for the visit of rock-bottom Sawston (2pm) on Saturday, the team will largely remain the same.

He said: ““Ricky Brown and Darren Lister are coming back into the pack so we are looking to virtually keep the same team as we had last week.”

“We are keeping it moving. It’s nice to be able to put the same team out.

“It’s looking promising for this weekend. I’m looking forward to it.

“I am confident about the game. We had a good training session last night (Tuesday). We had a good turn out. We must have had 21 boys there.”

Against March Bears, Haverhill forged into 12-0 lead after just 20 minutes thanks to an Adam Hunt try, converted by Kieron Ewens, and another five-point return thanks to Adam Curtis.

Curtis went on to touch down again, which was added to by further tries from Collins Musavengana and Michael Lansdowne, plus a penalty from Ewens.

Although pleased with the win and the five points, which ensured Haverhill stayed in fourth place in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division Two West table, Hughes was less than enamoured with the style of the match.

He said: “It was just niggly to be honest. They were full of their vets team and they knew how to slow the game down and to spoil.

“We were not able to get started, to be honest.

“Every time we got moving they would come through the side or spoil the ball and slow it down. It was just a niggly old game.

“We got there in the end — our fitness told and our defence were brilliant again.

“I don’t think they scored in the second half. They hardly got into our half.

“It was a good all-round display from a team that was put together on the Friday night with the available players to go away with a team that had a new combination of half-backs and the front row.

“I was pleased with the outcome and pleased to get back to winning ways and I want to carry that on against Sawston on Saturday.”

When the two teams met in Cambridgeshire earlier in the campaign, Haverhill came out comfortable winners by 36-6 and, with Sawston on minus three points, the hosts will be firm favourites to complete the double.

The club and Hughes have had some further good news after he was awarded a bursary to undertake a Level Two coaching course from the Rugby Football Union, in conjunction with Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and sponsored by QBE.

He has already completed the first of the course’s three days and has another day in each of March and April to attend before he can become fully qualified at Level Two.

Hughes applied for a bursary back in the autumn and was one of the lucky few to be awarded one.

Should he pass,he will be the highest qualified coach at Haverhill.