Jockeys bounce back with comfortable home win

Newmarket's new signing Steve Holder (yellow) scored on his debut against Gorleston on Saturday
Newmarket's new signing Steve Holder (yellow) scored on his debut against Gorleston on Saturday

Kevin Grainger has hailed his Newmarket Town side after they bounced back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Gorleston at the weekend.

Goals from Richard Chadwick, Mark Webster, Ollie Snaith and new signing Steve Holder saw the Jockeys end a run of two straight defeats.

Grainger — whose side host Whitton United on Saturday (3pm), before visiting Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday (7.45pm) — was pleased with the reaction his side showed, scoring four goals for the first time since mid-September.

“I was chuffed to bits,” said the Newmarket boss when reflecting on Saturday’s win. “The wind was strong but we played really well.”

Newmarket (seventh) are expected to welcome back Darren Coe from illness this weekend, while Lee Clift and Andrew Claydon are still sidelined through injury.

“Hopefully we can play like that on Saturday as no one can stop us when we play like that,” said Grainger.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Mildenhall Town (eighth) return to action with a trip to leaders Norwich United on Saturday (3pm).

Bottom-placed Ely City travel to Gorleston on Saturday (3pm), looking to end a run of three straight defeats.

The Robins’ survival hopes were dealt a massive blow at the weekend after suffering a 4-1 home defeat to relegation rivals FC Clacton.

In Ryman League Division One North, Soham Town Rangers ended a four match losing run to beat Cray Wanderers on Saturday.

Rangers — who visit promotion-chasing Needham Market on Saturday (3pm) — came from behind courtesy of goals from Andy Palmer (two), Olu Akinsanya and Luke Stanley.