Haverhill Rovers vs Hadleigh United
17th February 2016
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Haverhill’s first away game for almost six weeks saw them take back a point, Hadleigh’s “Jekyll and Hyde” performance almost seeing them take all three points with their final half an hour of play likely to have been classed as better than their first hour by those in attendance.
The away side took the lead in the 29th minute when the ball came loose some forty yards from goal, to Perry Moody, who took a touch before chipping the ball just inside the area; home goalkeeper Ben Nower came out and, under pressure, couldn’t get a good connection to the ball and it fell for Ryan Weaver to chest the ball under control before scoring into the unguarded net.
Haverhill lost Tyler Kemp through injury just before the half time break, Hadleigh losing defender Liam Scopes with a hamstring strain shortly after the restart.
A low 20 yard free kick from Michael Shinn went just wide of the mark on 56 minutes, away ‘keeper Alex Archer denying Marley Spindler a minute later when he managed to put the latter’s shot into the air off his foot and then managed to collect the ball on its way down.
Hadleigh equalised with a fine goal on 79 minutes, Anton Clarke finding himself with some space just inside the area and left goal, the ball finding the near top left corner with a shot that Archer had no chance of stopping despite being at full stretch.
An amazing stop from Archer denied Hadleigh a winner in the 88th minute, a good move ending with David Lorimer heading a cross from the left towards goal back from where it came and Archer stuck out a hand as he went past the ball to palm it back and away from danger.
ROVERS : Archer, Moody, T Kemp (Burr, 45+3), Shinn, Farrant, Bluett, Kicks (Haines, 90+1), Baker, Weaver, S Kemp, Gardner. Sub not used – Healey.
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