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Haverhill Rovers 1-2 Town XI
Haverhill Rovers 1-2 Town XI
Wednesday, 13th Jul 2011 21:17

A very young and inexperienced Town reserve side beat Haverhill Rovers 2-1 at the New Croft on Wednesday evening. With U18s coach Russell Osman in charge following Chris Kiwomya’s departure at the end of last season, two first half goals from Caolan Lavery put Town in charge before Joe Harvey pulled one back for the hosts just prior to the break.

Town’s only players with first team experience were Ronan Murray and Shane O’Connor, who captained the side from central midfield.

And it was Murray who created Town’s first real opening on 15 when he fed Tommy Winter, but the new first-year scholar toe-poked his effort at keeper Liam Curtis.

Town’s keeper Cody Cropper then did well to prevent Dalton O’Brien from putting the home side ahead when he came out to save at his feet, the Haverhill man having found himself one-on-one with the American U20 international following a mistake from Elliot Scotcher playing in a fairly unfamiliar centre-back role.

However, Lavery put Town ahead on 26 when he latched on to a long ball from Joe Whight and after just beating Curtis to the ball, the Northern Irish frontman tucked the ball into the empty net.

Two minutes later and Lavery doubled Town’s advantage after Murray’s pace took him past the home defence, and a clever pull-back left Lavery with an open net from three yards out.

Town were well on top and Murray hit a post after cutting in from the left; the rebound just evading Winter and being cleared to safety.

Haverhill created a good chance soon after when Louis Harper’s cross from the right was headed towards goal by Jack Wilkinson at the back post, Cropper having to save smartly at his near post.

The hosts did pull a goal back a minute later when Callum Bennett was dispossessed and Joe Harvey reached the loose ball ahead of Jide Maduako to neatly slot past Cropper.

A whole host of substitutions took place for both sides at the interval with Town introducing a number of new first-year scholars, including recent Icelandic recruit Gunnar Thorsteinsson, who impressed in yesterday’s U18 friendly against Leyton Orient.

Town’s first opportunity of the second half came on the hour when a chipped ball from Jon Leddy was headed just over by Jack Marriott, who had met the high ball before sub keeper Luke Howard.

O’Brien then sent in a teasing cross from the right which Aaron Jones, on at right-back, did well to prevent reaching Greg Strong at the back post.

Town’s sub keeper Conor O’Donnell then made a good save down low to stop a fierce shot from Harry Halls, before O’Donnell again thwarted the hosts, this time pushing Matt Clarke’s left-foot effort just over the bar.

The last action of the game saw Shane O’Connor’s left-foot drive fly just wide, but Town’s youngsters did enough to deserve the win.

Murray and Lavery had looked lively up front whilst O’Connor was quiet but effective, getting through a lot of work in the middle of midfield. Joe Whight had another solid game, playing the first half at left midfield and the second at left-back.

Town XI: Cropper (O’Donnell 46), Bennett (Jones 46), October (Leddy 46), Scotcher, Maduako (Thorsteinsson 46), O’Connor, Winter (Simmons 46), Burke (Acott 46), Lavery (Marriott 46), Murray (Tiofack 69) and Whight.

Report: James Ager

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alexharban added 21:37 - Jul 13
Well played lads :)

Blue92 added 21:39 - Jul 13
Aren't October, O'Connor and Whight all left backs? Where did each one play?

legoman added 21:50 - Jul 13
Here we go boy's!

Mungo added 21:52 - Jul 13
Well done lads!

Tractamatt added 21:52 - Jul 13
Keep it up lads the harder you push 'em the harder our first team squad has to play to keep thier places

marcus139 added 21:55 - Jul 13
Well done. To win is always good. However, i am spending my time thinking bout our bids in i am afraid to say....and who they were for!

MarkITFC added 21:58 - Jul 13
Whight used to play CM when i used to play against him so i reckon he played CM in this game .

kingdaniel added 22:17 - Jul 13
played boys

decITFC1878 added 22:18 - Jul 13
Think its about time lavery signs a pro deal

MattinLondon added 22:30 - Jul 13
Think I'm right in saying that there won't be a reserve league this season and as friendlies aren't the same as competitive games. I'm guessing that PJ will try his best to get a few of the younger players on loan somewhere and see how they do.

taylor15 added 22:33 - Jul 13
agree with most of these comments! hopefully, these guys get out on loan, to get some actual games under their belt! would love to see these push for first team places in the squad, especially lavery and whight!

TractorBeezer added 22:38 - Jul 13
Well done. That's now two for two for the club. Even though its pre season stuff it's good to start on the right foot. Lavery sounds like a good one. I am interested to learn how O'Connor pointed out by others he has done well when playing for the first team.

robdaful added 22:41 - Jul 13
Think we need to offer Caolan Lavery a pro contract. Then extend it to a 5 year deal.

Mark added 22:51 - Jul 13
A pretty unimpressive score line, but a win's a win.

I wonder why O'Connor has dropped out of things after doing so well which earned him that 2-year contract?

BLUEBEAT added 23:06 - Jul 13

pazelle added 23:17 - Jul 13
Sell Scotland, promote Lavery.

Priskin, Chopra, Lavery and Ellington.

Well happy with that!

bedsitfc added 23:31 - Jul 13
what about murrey pazelle

ericgates added 05:43 - Jul 14
Well done lads.
Question for Phil TWTD, is there any way we could start some kind of petition or process in order to change the style of our goalnets at Portman Road.
"Make them bigger" I hear Priskin and Scotland say!!
No, I mean couldn't we have those blue nets back that we had in the 80's and early 90's or just something different.
Everybody seems to have these square box nets that seem to be a product of when we had Euro 96 in this country.
The blue nets would give PR a sense of identity again, rather than look the same as almost every other ground, especially on tv.
Goals would look better also, it seems really hard to get a real cracker in the top corner also with the types of nets about today also.
I know that players thrive on their goals looking good on tv also.
I understand that its not a very important point, and I'm sorry to bore you all with it!

DiamondGezzer added 06:53 - Jul 14
Well done lads.

dirtydingusmagee added 07:38 - Jul 14
well done lads, we're on the up .

Waffer added 10:10 - Jul 14
The scoreline may sound unimpressive, but it was a very young side playing against some strong players from Haverhill.

Special_A added 10:30 - Jul 14
I am glad Joe Harvey scored he is my mate.

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