Haverhill Rovers U21s 2 Stotfold U21s 0
After a long lay-off due to cancellation of fixtures Rovers U21s were looking to maintain their unbeaten run going back to the opening game of the season when they entertained Stotfold on Wednesday evening.
The game was fiercely competitive from the opening whistle as the game was played at a swift pace on a heavy pitch that saw a competitive midfield battle between the two teams. It was Rovers who looked the biggest threat going forwards as the Stotfold keeper was kept busy with a string of challenging crosses and long efforts he did well to deal with as Stevenson, Longley and Clarke all had shots saved.
With Rovers having the edge some heavy challenges started to rain in from Stotfold that the young Rovers team did well to cope with as Clarke and Shulver in the heart of the Rovers midfield enjoyed a great battle with their visiting counter parts. Whilst the Rovers defence with Howard and Woodley at centre half ensured that James Philp was rarely tested in the home goal.
The second half saw Stotfold come out in a determined mood as Philp was called in early action when he did well to make a double save and keep the scores level before Rovers settled again and started to get the upper hand. They dominated possession in midfield and created a number of chances that saw both Healey and Thompson hit the wood work with Healey and Longley also bringing good saves out of the Stotfold keeper.
With Rovers creating a number of chances it was starting to look like it was going to be a frustrating evening for the home team until a superb in-swinging corner from Shulver got the better of the Stotfold keeper and found its way into the net to finally give Rovers a deserved lead.
Rovers continued to look the better team as they continued to put the Stotfold defence under pressure with the pace of Healey, Longley and Thompson causing problems up front and it was not long before a second goal was to follow. Longley did well to get onto a through-ball and bring a good save out of the visitor’s keeper but the rebound fell to the sharp Thompson who fired the ball home to secure the points and give the Rovers youngsters another good win to maintain their unbeaten record.