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New manager says changes will move Haverhill Borough forward

Ben Cowling at his final match as manager of Haverhil Borough
Ben Cowling at his final match as manager of Haverhil Borough

All Change

Name Then Now

Ben Cowling Manager Tecnical and sporting director/ chairman

Barry Geoghegan Chairman Commerical director

Martin Westcott Assistant Player/ manager manager

The 37-year-old took over as first-team manager following Saturday’s goalless draw with leaders Long Melford, stepping up from his role as assistant manager.

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Long Melford''Pictured: Martin Westcott (HB) ANL-150125-134825009
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Long Melford''Pictured: Martin Westcott (HB) ANL-150125-134825009

As part of a number of changes to the set-up at the club, Westcott has replaced previous manager of three-and-a-half years, Ben Cowling (pictured), who has become the technical and sporting director/chairman.

Barry Geoghegan has also stepped down as chairman to assume the post of commercial director.

Although Cowling has ‘moved upstairs’ to his newly-created role, Westcott will have full control over first-team affairs.

He explained: “Everything to do with the first team, selection, tactics and in the changing room, that will all be myself and I have appointed Gareth Thomas (who has moved from playing at Halstead Town) as my assistant manager, which is brilliant.

“We are hoping to appoint a coach to help with the team as well. We are hoping to announce that soon.

“It’s just to really further improve the club.

“We want to improve where we are. We’ve come up very quickly from where we were in the Border League and the amount of work needed to run a club at the Eastern Counties level is much higher.”

Cowling’s new role will enable him to spend more time scouting and using his network of contacts in the local football scene to the benefit of Borough’s first and second team, which is having a successful campaign, sitting second in the NMC League Division 1A.

Westcott admitted his new post will mean he has to play less, but with Lee Salmons now having left the Royal Marines and working locally, and Luke Latham getting nearer match fitness after a long-term groin injury, it will not be detrimental to the team, which is currently sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

“We want to finish as high as we can,” said Westcott. “I think promotion may be a step too far for us this season but we’ve still got a lot to look forward to.”

Cowling reflected on the remarkable success the club has achieved over the last three-and-a-half years and reiterated Westcott’s views.

He said: “We have achieved more than we could ever have dreamed of, but we all feel now is the time to restructure to enable us to continue to serve the town in the fullest way possible.

“We will continue to provide a pathway into senior football for the players of Haverhill and the surrounding villages.

“We hope to be regarded as a forward-thinking club, and these changes will aid our continuing progress.”

Borough are without a match today (Saturday).

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