Former caretaker boss Lee Martin says Haverhill Borough's season 'now rests on progressing in the Suffolk Senior Cup'
Haverhill Borough’s former caretaker manager Lee Martin has claimed the remainder of The New Croft side’s season ‘now rests on progressing in the Suffolk Senior Cup.'
The Thurlow Nunn League First Division North club have had a tumultuous time of it, dealing with the fallout of a forced demotion at the end of last season.
And, with new manager Kevin Parsons still searching for his first win in the league, Martin believes this Saturday’s Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-final trip to divisional rivals Ipswich Wanderers (3pm) is their most important fixture remaining.
“The league campaign is done,” he said. “I can’t see Borough being anywhere near the bottom, but the top six has slipped away too.
“There’s not really anything left to play for there, but we are still in the latter stages of a competition we have a real chance in – and a real chance of reaching Portman Road for the final.
“I think we have to re-evaluate our ambition for the remainder of the season and, I would say, our season now rests on progressing in the Suffolk Senior Cup (SSC).
“We are still trying to achieve something big – the club are competitive and driven – and this is our best chance.
“We also have an eye on next season, and winning the SSC would put us ahead of the competition in attracting some big players in.
“We’re only two wins away from playing at a Championship club, and that would be a big selling point for the club and Kevin.”
The Suffolk Senior Cup is open to Suffolk teams in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, the Senior Division of the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League, the Kershaw League and the Essex & Suffolk Border League as well as the Premier and First Divisions of the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination.
But, despite being among the highest ranked teams remaining in the competition, they will first need to overcome an opponent four places above them in the league table.
Wanderers have won 11 games from their 22 attempts in the league while Borough have won seven from 22.
They came through a nine-goal thriller at home to Capel Plough in the second round.
- Haverhill Rovers Ladies made the most of a free weekend by taking on Chelmsford City Ladies in a friendly at the New Croft.
Trailing 3-0 to the Essex County Women’s League Premier Division side, Rovers battled back to 3-3 to earn themselves a draw.
Kayleigh Nolan, Cat Upton and Michelle Matthews all found the target for Rovers, who are set to renew their Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South campaign this weekend.
Haverhill travel to Isleham United Ladies on Sunday (2pm) and sit six-points clear at the top of the table, while Isleham (4th) are one of three sides on three points.