A bumper crowd at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday were treated to an extremely entertaining match with eight absolutely top class goals being scored in total. There could have been even more goals in the game had it not been for a brilliant display by teenage goalkeeper Ollie Froud. The Jockeys’ Under 18 keeper was making his first team debut for the Jockeys in the absence of Ben Nower whose wife went into labour just hours before kick off. Froud made four superb saves in the first half alone as part of an excellent all round display of goalkeeping.
The Jockeys started the scoring bonanza in the twentieth minute when Jamie Thurlbourne put in a pinpoint cross which Austen Diaper headed firmly into the net from the back post . Shortly afterwards Charlie Bowen went back into the changing rooms for treatment to a bad gash on his forehead. Rovers took full advantage of their one man advantage as Rafal Wozniak scored from the edge of the 6 yard box to level the scores. Two minutes later the Jockeys restored their lead following a foul by Luke Haines on the Jockeys’ skipper Jack Watson. Paul Betson received the ball from the resulting free kick and he centred to Deakan Napier who headed home. Froud then made two one handed saves from Luke Haines and Jordan Palmer respectively before the Jockeys increased their lead. Jack Watson hit a powerful shot which was turned into the path of Lewis Whitehead and the League’s leading goalscorer made no mistake in scoring from short range. However Luke Haines swiftly reduced the deficit with a cracking goal which was a fair reward for his first half efforts. With less than a minute remaining before the half time break young Ollie Froud was again called on to make two outstanding saves to keep Rovers at bay. Half Time Score: 3-2
Within two minutes of the restart Jamie Thurlbourne hit a typical long range effort which curled magnificently over the visiting keeper, Charlie Turner, and into the net. Ten minutes later Austen Diaper got his second goal of the game with a thunderbolt shot from the edge of the box. Plucky Rovers tried hard to get back into the game and Froud pulled off yet another fabulous save from a stinging shot from substitute Rory Jebb. With seconds remaining Haverhill got some further reward for their efforts when Ben Bradley scored from close range. Final Score: 5-3