Heath defeated on the road
Lakenheath have suffered their first defeat in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North, at the hands of a familiar foe in Haverhill Borough.
Their visit on Friday night saw them fall to a 1-0 loss, as it marked the return of former Borough players Sam Hawley and Ryan Weaver alongside Ben Cowling, who helped create The New Croft club in 2011.
In a game of few chances, it was the sending off of Borough midfielder Aaron Forshaw – sent to the stands for a second yellow card offence in the 64th minute – that dominated the action in a tense meeting which saw four other players booked.
But Forshaw had already done the damage, scoring from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark, following Dean Grogan’s arm seeming to inadvertently stop Casey Phillips’ header towards goal in the 31st minute.
His calm finish sealed the result, despite a number of chances in the six-yard box in the latter stages of the game.
Lakenheath boss Cowling said: “It’s a disappointing result and our first defeat of the season. We’ve played in fits and starts so far.
“We’ve brought an awful lot of players in over the summer and haven’t had a lot of time on the pitch together and sometimes it shows.
“Did we deserve to lose? I don’t know, I think we’ve lost the game because of a 15-20 minute spell when Borough were better than us. They wanted the ball more than us.
“After that, we’ve hit the post, our ‘keeper has pulled off three or four good saves, but we had a lot of chances in the six-yard box that we probably should have finished.
“We created enough in the box to come out of it with a draw but it wasn’t to be.
“Fair play to them though, being aware of a lot of things that have gone on here, it’s very hard running Borough so they have to celebrate those results when they come.”
He added: “We have to understand where we are as a club and the fundamentals of how we want to play, take time. Borough have a core that we perhaps don’t have right now.
“But I’m sure, come late September to November, you will see a much more fluent unit from us.
“That’s the understanding of doing the right thing and not trying to force it or push it.
“I think we miss Reece Clarke in there as well, but he’s still got one more suspension.”
Lakenheath host Diss Town at home on Saturday (3pm), without the flexible Clarke.