After three wins and three losses in the cup and league so far, Haverhill Rugby Club’s head coach Martin Hughes remains optimistic about their prospects for this season.
Haverhill opened their 2015-16 campaign with a win over Hadleigh in the Suffolk Shield before Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division Two West victories against March Bears (43-12) and Saffron Walden II (64-8).
Haverhill then went down 48-7 to Bury St Edmunds III and 78-6 to Cambridge IV, before losing their Suffolk Plate semi-final 26-23 at Mistley.
Last Saturday’s scheduled league opponents, Shelford III, conceded the match, enabling Haverhill to give a run-out to most of their squad in an 89-12 friendly win at home to Bury St Edmunds IV.
Overall this term, Hughes has been happy with what is happening at the club, saying: “The boys have responded well to training. We are having good numbers at training; we are getting 20 plus.
“They are very well structured. The boys are really fit this season, we’ve not had a problem with fitness.
“We lost against Mistley due to our handling error and a lucky drop goal.
“The Bury team is really good because they have recruited 22 new players this season and so their (old) first team players have dropped to the seconds and their seconds to the thirds and Cambridge is a different entity all together.
“If we can stick close to Bury and Cantabs (II) this season, which I believe we can, it could be a good season.”
Haverhill are without a first team match on Saturday.