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Players special thank you to the fans

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Haverhill Rovers players will be thanking fans for their support in a novel way before their Boxing Day match at home to Long Melford (11am).

Following a suggestion made by skipper Martyn Farrant during a conversation with player-manager Michael Shinn, the players will personally present a scarf to the first 70 supporters to arrive for the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division match.

The gesture - possibly an historical first for the club - is being made out of gratitude for the good attendances at Rovers home matches this season, which, said Shinn, stands at an average of 128 per game.

“He (Farrant) mentioned that the boys wanted to do something because the attendances have been better this year and a lot of the people that the players know come up to watch and he said it would be nice to give them something just to say thank you.

“It says a lot about the characters that we’ve got that they wanted to do something and they appreciate the support, as we all do.

“It’s a really good idea and I can’t think of anyone else that’s done it.”

The scarves have been paid for with the internal fines collected at the club so far this season.

Rovers will be without Marcus Hunt, Rory Jebb, Ollie Stevenson, Simon Newnes (all away) on Saturday, while Blake Kicks (groin) is 50/50 and Shinn (knee) are big injury doubts, although Ty Alleyne is back from suspension and Scott Kemp has returned after his ankle problem.

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