A strong pre-season campaign for Haverhill ended excellently as they were able to defeat Evo-Stik Premier Division St Neots from two divisions above.
The hosts chose a large amount of first team players in their lineup and it showed in the opening stages, Haverhill goalkeeper Alex Archer more than once being called into action.
However, against the run of play after half an hour, what was the solitary goal of the game arrived; a determined Michael Shinn’s first time cross was laid off by Marcus Hunt, using his head, to Tye Alleyne in the penalty area, who was fouled as he went to volley towards goal and Hunt converted the resulting spot kick.
While St Neots dominated the opening half of these proceedings an excellent display by their opponents was bettered in the second period as the away side were the most impressive of the two teams, Hunt’s free header from a Shinn free kick hitting the face the bar with the goalkeeper beaten and Ryan Swallow having a 25 yard shot from under his feet glanced round the post.
Haverhill’s second half performance frustrated their hosts and, with them reduced to long range efforts to try to get on the score sheet, the travellers held out for a memorable victory, even if it was not in a full competitive fixture.