Haverhill Rovers boss Marc Abbott knows his side have good chance to progress in Suffolk Premier Cup
New Haverhill Rovers' boss Marc Abbott says tonight's Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup tie offers his side a great chance to progress in the competition, writes Nick Garnham.
The 31-year-old player-manager will be taking charge for just the third time since replacing Ben Cowling when Rovers line-up at Ipswich Wanderers in the second-round tie.
Abbott was a member of the Rovers’ side that lost 4-0 at Portman Road against Ipswich Town in the quarter-final of the competition eight years ago.
He was also in the side that reached the semi-final before losing 3-0 to Lowestoft Town at AFC Sudbury in the 2011-12 season.
Abbott said: “I have got some good memories of the Premier Cup. We will be going to Ipswich Wanderers with as full-strength squad as I can field.
“The tie is a great opportunity for the players to progress in the competition.”
Rovers won Abbott’s first match in charge – the derby against rivals Haverhill Borough – before losing 2-1 at Stowmarket Town on Saturday.
The visitors were missing ten first-team players, but pushed second-placed Stowmarket all the way before being beaten by an 85th minute winner at Greens Meadow.
Abbott, who scored Rovers’ equaliser early in the second period, continued: “A few of the young lads who played have staked a claim to play on Wednesday.”
Dario Seminerio and Paul Miles have been brought in by Abbott, who is enjoying his new role, to assist him.
“Not much has changed. I was player-coach previously and had a fairly strong say in the changing room,” he added.
Rovers’ fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division opponents are experiencing a tough time right now both on and off the pitch.
Wanderers currently occupy 22nd place – third from bottom of the table – after picking up just one point in their last ten league games.
Tonight’s other tie is another all-Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division affair.
Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to recover from an 8-0 thrashing at Coggeshall Town on Saturday when they entertain Brantham Athletic.
The visitors, who were without a match at the weekend, have won seven of their last eight games and sit fourth in the table.