Haverhill Rovers v Walsham Le Willows
After Saturdays defeat at Brantham the threat of being sucked into a relegation battle made this game a real six pointer on Easter Monday.
The other big news of the day was the injury to keeper Jack Cherry seeing coach and former Rovers keeper Mick Bavester picking up the gloves and taking his place in a modern day starting Rovers team that included 10 Haverhill based players in the starting line-up.
The start of the game was an even affair as possession was equally divided with neither keeper seriously tested until the injured James Murray was replaced with Dalton O'Brien on the half hour. It was O'Brien who had the best chance of the half when a Hunt header landed at his feet in the visitors six yard box only to see him fire over from close range.
The second half took a similar pattern to that of the first as both defences looked solid with Farrant and Hunt excelling for Rovers until Walsham had their best chance of the game when Webb fired wide after Bavester had stood up well in the home goal.
Pacey then saved well from O'Brien before a good free kick delivery from Shinn saw Holmes head across the visitor’s goal with Rovers players unable to make contact to push the ball home. This inspired the home team who began to get on top and it was another Shinn delivery that caused problems as the ball hit the visitor’s post and saw the ball fall to ‘man of the match’ Farrant who slotted the ball home to bring the good size home crowd to their feet.
Walsham then threw men forward in search of an equaliser but this left them exposed at the back as Rovers counter attacked. The home support were soon back on their feet when a Marc Abbott shot crept just wide of the post, but they did not have to wait long for a second goal when substitute Charlie Sigler made a great run into the box before slotting the ball past Pacey to give Rovers a well-deserved three points and push them closer to safety.
TEAM: Bavester, Wilderspin, Holmes, Shinn, Farrant, Hunt, Murray (O’Brien 27), Moody, Alleyne (Sigler 78), Abbott, Newnes
Subs not used: Elkins, Gardner
Man of the Match: Martyn Farrant