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Goodman looks to add to squad

Thursday, 2nd May 2002.

Neil Cogger’s goal helped Haverhill come back from one down to beat Downham 2-1 and consolidate a third-place finish in the Jewson League, Division One.

Paul Goodman’s side missed out on promotion I by three points, getting a total of 76 compared to Histon reserves 79, who themselves were a further three points behind champions Norwich United.

At the weekend, Rovers started the game slowly and found themselves a goal down at half time. But they equalised on 65 minutes when Cogger was brought down inside the box and Paul Jenkin converted the penalty.

The goal took Jenkin’s tally for the season to 29 and made him the division’s joint top-scorer with Histon’s Bennie Murray.

Later in the game, Haverhill scored the winner when Mark Brandt beat the offside trap before squaring the ball for Cogger to tap home.

Goodman said: “It took the goal for us to start passing the ball around. We created numerous chances and their keeper had a great game saving well from Mark Brandt and Neil Green.

“The front two, overall, have got 60 goals between them, so that is very good. There is a good feeling about the club at the moment.”

The win came on the back of a 6-0 triumph over Cambridge City reserves last week when Brandt notched a hat-trick. Jenkin got two and Green scored once.

Haverhill’s record speaks for itself as they had the second best defence in the league behind Norwich United — Rovers conceded only 31 —and were the division’s second highest scoring side, behind Histon with 85.

Goodman reflected on Rovers season which saw them reach the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup only to lose 4-3 to Kirkley after extra-time, but added that he would be looking to strengthen the squad during the break.

“We have played well and had a good season,” he said. “We are improving all the time and they are a young side and still learning.

“Over the summer we will be looking to add some Haverhill-based players to the squad. The players in the club who can get us out of this league.”

Haverhill Weekly News

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