Haverhill Rovers 1 Swaffham Town 1
Haverhill entertained Swaffham in the return league fixture since their last draw only three weeks ago.
Rovers started bright with the pace of Longley causing problems down the right side as he delivered some dangerous crosses that his fellow forwards were unable to get onto the end of, while Swaffham keeper Holt looked sharp to pounce onto loose balls in the box. Shinn then delivered a good free-kick into the Swaffham box that Farrant headed just over whilst at the other end the lively Alex Vincent got the wrong side of the Rovers defence as he bought a good one on one save out of Alex Archer.
Rovers continued to enjoy some good possession as Shinn, Baker and debutante Luke Haines looked solid in midfield and Haines nearly got to a dream start to his Rovers career when his right foot shot got the better of Holt only to see the ball strike the bottom of the post as the scored remained level at the break.
Rovers again started the second half bright as Shinn played in Weaver with a good through ball that resulted in Weaver being bought down in the box that saw the referee instantly point to the spot. The penalty duty again fell to Perry Moody who scored from the spot in the recent win at Saffron Walden and he kept his nerve to slot the ball past the outstretched Holt.
Play was fairly even for the next ten minutes before a moment of controversy was to have an impact on the game when Swaffham's Jackson went down in a challenge from Longley in what looked to be a perfectly clean tackle and without any appeal from the visitors the referee surprisingly pointed at the spot that then saw Vincent step up to send Archer the wrong way and bring the scores level.
Rovers responded well and always looked the most likely team to find the net as Shinn again played Weaver through and the Rovers striker through on goal shot straight at Holt in the visitor’s goal. More chances were to follow with Longley shooting just wide and Alleyne shooting straight at the keeper.
Rovers then introduced young Lawrence Healey into game for Weaver and his pace was an instant threat as he burst down the right and crossed for Baker who shot just wide of the target. As the home team continued to enjoy the better of the game they were unable to find the breakthrough and the points were again shared between the two teams.
TEAM: Archer, Moody, Kicks, Shinn, Farrant, Wilderspin, Haines, Baker, Weaver (Healey 73), Alleyne, Longley
Unused subs: Hunt, Gardner, Holmes, Newnes