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Cogger magic lifts rovers

Thursday, 28th March 2002.

Neil Cogger scored “the goal of the season”, according to boss Paul Goodman as Haverhill Rovers got their promotion ambitions back on track with a 2-0 win at home to promotion rivals Needham Market on Tuesday.

He notched Rovers’ second on 29 minutes, mesmerising four defenders with his turn before seeing his 20-yard chip go in off the far upright.

He had earlier set up the opening goal in the Jewson League, Division One, clash, his inswinging corner on eight minutes falling to Marcus Hunt, who headed in.

Goodman said: “There was so much of a change from Saturday
(the 1-0 defeat at home to Leiston).

We got the ball down and passed it around when we could, we played so well.”

The midweek win took them back up to second place after they slipped to fourth with the defeat by Leiston.

They went behind in the 29th minute and never really tested the Leiston keeper.

The only goal was scored by Gavin Jennings, who got on the end of a Robbie Kirkley cross to turn his marker and fire into the corner of the net.

Cogger had a chance for Haverhill on 77 minutes but his shot from 15 yards was palmed away well by the Leiston keeper.

Goodman’s side came closer to equalising five minutes later when Adrian Hunt had a header
cleared off the line. But apart from those two efforts Haverhill did not have much to write
home about.

Goodman said: “They thoroughly deserved to win as we looked second best for long

“lt was pretty scrappy really and first half they controlled it and were the better side by far.

“We did not play the normal football that we do and made a couple of minor adjustments at half time.

“We raised our game and put Leiston under a lot of pressure but the damage had been done and it was always going to be hard to get back into it.

“We defended better in the second half but we did not get going at all.”

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