Haverhill Borough v Cornard United

12 midday  29 October 2016

Eastern Counties League, Division One
Haverhill Borough 2 Cornard United 1 (att 122)

Haverhill Borough are a young club, having apparently been formed to fill a vacancy to share the facilities at Haverhill Rovers' New Croft ground a few years ago.

Initially they played on one of the outside pitches, before promotion meant the need for an enclosed ground and so a share with Rovers' pitch. This season's they've moved into a newly-built enclosed all-weather pitch, giving them a proper home of their own in what is an impressive sports complex.

I'm told some games are still played on grass at Haverhill Rovers' ground next door, but there was no danger of a switch for this game, as it attracted groundhoppers from far and wide as the first of three staggered kick offs in the Eastern Counties League.

Borough's new home is functional, and better than many with artificial surfaces. Spectators can access two sides, the near touchline, which has a seated stand and an a small covered terrace, and behind the right hand goal, which is just flat open standing.

There was plenty of room for the hundred plus crowd, although I wouldn't have fancied trying to get a decent view for the recent Haverhill derby, the first between the two clubs, which attracted a much larger attendance.

The game was slow to come to life, but after a goalless first half the second period was much better. Haverhill Borough scored twice to take control, but the visitors pulled one back to keep things interesting until the end.

Surprisingly the New Croft hasn't yet made it onto Google Maps, but here's a link to its location

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