HAVERHILL ROVERS RESERVES 13 CAMBRIDGE AMBASSADORS 1
In probably the most one sided game experienced at The New Croft Haverhill came out victors with Kyle Clarke scoring eight goals of the baker’s dozen on the day.
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It started badly for Cambridge, Haverhill getting a shot in after just 8 seconds and this caused the away goalkeeper to suffer a wrist injury and be replaced by their only substitute after a lengthy delay; then, with just over 20 minutes gone, they were down to ten men after one of their players left with a hamstring injury that had dogged him from the early stages.
While this was going on the hosts were already two goals to the good, Clarke netting his own rebound after 8 minutes and Owen Longley finding the far bottom corner with his effort in the 17th.
Clarke scored again on 25 minutes, Longley (his second) and Mitchell Burr, second after coming on, scored after 27 minutes and half an hour respectively after being put through one-on-one.
Clarke then completed his hat trick a minute into first half injury time to make it 6-0 at the break.
Four minutes into the second period Clarke slipped in his fourth goal, his fifth coming via the foot of the post in the 52nd minute.
A deflected shot by Burr in the 57th minute made it 9-0, Reiss Oteng making it double figures two minutes later and a further three goals by Clarke after 63, 65 and 70 minutes made it 13-0 to the hosts.
Cambridge, to their credit, rallied in the closing stages and netted a consolation goal in the 87th minute.