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Strong youth policy has helped Haverhill achieve a double promotion

Micky Rinaldi, left.
Micky Rinaldi, left.

Haverhill chairman Micky Rinaldi believes the burgeoning youth policy has helped the club achieve its double promotion this season.

Sudbury’s victory over Godmanchester Town in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League play-off final meant that a third team from divisions two to six in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship were promoted.

With Haverhill’s first team finishing third in division two and the second XI coming third in division four, they will now play in division one and division three, respectively, next season.

It is the first time that Haverhill has had both teams in the top three divisions, and Rinaldi said: “What’s pleasing really is that the youth policy is kicking in and whereas other clubs have got their professionals we took the decision not to use any professional players and it’s where we really, as a club, want to be.

“If you look at a lot of clubs in the Two Counties a lot of the second teams are in the third division so that’s the position we have been striving for for a lot of years, so it’s quite pleasing that we’ve got there.

“Next year will certainly a consolidation period for us. It’s going to be a tough year for us to stay in those leagues.

“We will certainly consider it an achievement if we stay in those leagues.”

Haverhill will soon be announcing the appointment of its new first team skipper following Joe Woodley’s resignation last week due to impending back surgery.

Having a new skipper in place early, added Rinaldi, will help put the club in a better position to strengthen its playing squad in readiness for 2016.

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