A top five finish is still the Jockeys’ ambition

FIFTY-FIFTY: Fordham Reserves' Liam Allgood takes on Barton Mills' Alex Winward during Saturday's NMC League Division 5A victory for Fordham
FIFTY-FIFTY: Fordham Reserves' Liam Allgood takes on Barton Mills' Alex Winward during Saturday's NMC League Division 5A victory for Fordham
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Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger is confident his side can still finish in the top five this season despite suffering a dip in form.

A 1-0 defeat at Wivenhoe Town on Saturday saw the Jockeys slip to their second successive loss in a run that has seen them pick up just one win in the last five matches.

But ahead of hosting 11th-placed Gorleston on Saturday (3pm), Grainger has backed his side to halt their difficult run and achieve their aim of a place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division top five.

“The form has been disappointing but that is football sometimes,” said Grainger, whose side sit in seventh place four points adrift of fifth placed Kirkley and Pakefield.

“A top five finish was always the aim and I’m confident we can still achieve that.

“Injuries have been horrendous and we have been near enough five or six players short for the past two months and it has taken its toll.”

On the injury front, Newmarket could be set to welcome back defender Paul Betson but doubts still remain over strikers Lee Clift and Andrew Claydon.

n Elsewhere in the division, goals from Matt Green and Richard Logan helped Mildenhall Town to a 2-0 victory at Ely City on Friday night, but do not play again until they visit leaders Norwich United on March 7.

That defeat extended City’s winless run in the league to four matches keeping them rooted to the foot of the table, 14 points adrift of safety, while their Cambridgeshire Invitational Cup quarter-final against Great Shelford on Tuesday fell victim to the wet weather.

The Robins have the chance to close the gap to safety when they host fellow strugglers FC Clacton on Saturday (3pm).

n Another team on a poor run of form is Soham Town Rangers who have seen their hopes of sealing a Ryman League Division One North play-off place slip away following a run of four straight defeats.

The latest came in a 4-1 loss at Thurrock on Tuesday and manager Steve Fallon will be hoping to halt that run when they host Cray Wanderers on Saturday (3pm).