Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger has cited his side’s lack of goals as a concern ahead of their trip to Ely City on Saturday (3pm).
The Jockeys head into their FA Vase second qualifying round tie at The Unwin Ground having scored just two goals in their last three games.
A 1-0 Suffolk Premier Cup defeat at home to 10-man Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday night brought an end to Newmarket’s four match unbeaten run, with Grainger challenging his side to bounce back with a victory in the FA Vase.
“We’d love to have a run in the Vase,” he said. “It was disappointing to go out of the Premier Cup because we wanted to progress in that as well.
“The lack of goals is frustrating, as even though we don’t concede a lot we have started to slip back into some bad habits from last season.
“Ely will not be taken lightly by us. They’ve got a good manager in Brady Stone and we’ll have to be on top of our game to go through.”
Scott Paterson scored from the halfway line to help Newmarket draw 1-1 with Gorleston on Saturday, after Darren Coe had been sent-off for the Jockeys earlier on.
Newmarket have made a strong start though, having lost only two of their 10 games to sit in fourth place.
After Ely were relegated to the First Division last season, Saturday’s 5-2 defeat at Great Yarmouth Town brought an end to their three match winning run.
nMildenhall Town were unable to pull off a third straight FA Cup upset on Saturday as they went down 1-0 at higher-league Hanwell Town in the second qualifying round.
But Dean Greygoose’s side will bid to get another cup run going when they host St Neots Town Saints in the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm).