Jockeys boss offers no excuses after defeat to Godmanchester

IN THE BOOK: Joey Abbs (left) was one of four Newmarket Town players to be booked during their League Challenge Cup second round defeat on Tuesday
IN THE BOOK: Joey Abbs (left) was one of four Newmarket Town players to be booked during their League Challenge Cup second round defeat on Tuesday

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

CHALLENGE CUP

SECOND ROUND

Newmarket Town 0

Godmanchester Rovers 4

Kevin Grainger offered no

excuses after Newmarket Town exited the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.

A first-half brace from Austen Diaper, together with goals from Taylor Parr and Lloyd Groves, condemned the Jockeys to their second cup exit in the space of seven days, having suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Stotfold in the FA Vase the previous week.

“That is by the far the best away performance I have seen this season. They ripped us apart in the first-half,” said Grainger. “They started sharply and when you concede that early on in a game it was always going to be tough.

“Fair play to them they deserved what they got. They looked like a team that should be playing in the next level.

“I’ve set the challenge to the players that we have got to improve by Boxing Day when we meet them again.

“Hopefully by that time the team we will have a few of those injured back and the team will have settled down.”

Town found themselves on the back foot inside the opening two minutes with Parr rising highest of them all from a corner to head home past a stranded Barney McLaughlin.

Making the most of their early pressure, the visitors doubled their lead in the 15th minute when former Ely City man Diaper fired in from the edge of the box, before only a superb goal-line clearance from Steve Holder prevented Parr from doubling his tally six minutes later.

A third goal for Rovers did arrive shortly afterwards as Diaper finished off an intricate piece of play with Joe Peacock leaving Newmarket facing an uphill task.

As half-time approached Town nearly scored against the run of play with Thomas Knowles just drifting a shot high and wide after robbing Groves of possession.

Although the second-half failed to live up the intensity of the opening 45 minutes, the result was put beyond doubt on the hour mark as Groves escaped his man to power home a header.

While not matching Godmanchester’s goal tally, Town did top the card count with Joey Abbs and Holder making their way into the referee’s notebook shortly after the hosts conceded a fourth, to join team mates Mark Abbs and Craig Nurse’s first-half yellow cards.

Rovers could have added more to their tally with both Tom Spark and Simon Unwin squandering good opportunities , while at the other end Jake Wayne almost scored a consolation effort. Unfortunately his effort could only find the side netting.

Newmarket will look to return to winning ways in the Premier Division when they host Swaffham Town on Saturday (3pm).