Players take blame for draw

Mark Westley Photography'Mildenhall Town V Fakenham Town Football.'Daniel Williams Fakenham, Ross Bailey Mildenhall ANL-141215-163643009
Mark Westley Photography'Mildenhall Town V Fakenham Town Football.'Daniel Williams Fakenham, Ross Bailey Mildenhall ANL-141215-163643009
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Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger has stressed that his players only have themselves to blame for not coming away with three points in their match against Thetford Town writes Graham Clark.

For the third time in their last five Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division matches the Jockeys were forced to settle for a share of the spoils 
after playing out a 3-3 draw with the Brecklanders on Saturday.

The result could have been far worse for the Cricket Field Road outfit had they not staged a late comeback through a Ross Paterson brace and Scott Paterson effort to salvage a point after finding themselves 3-0 down with eight minutes to play.

“We should never have been in that situation as we dominated the first half but we missed chance after chance,” said Grainger.

“When we scored the three goals in the last eight minutes it was so one-sided that had there been an extra two minutes we would have probably won.

“It is frustrating as we are creating plenty of chances in games but we just seem to a lack of bit of confidence in front of goal, and that is not just the strikers but the whole team.

“We should have won Saturday and the players have only got themselves to blame as to why we didn’t.”

While the Jockeys, who are without a game this weekend were held to a draw, near neighbours Mildenhall Town made it two wins on the bounce with a 2-0 win over Fakenham Town thanks to goals from Steve Holder and James Patterson.

The Recreation Way outfit, who lost 3-1 at AFC Sudbury in the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, face Hadleigh United away on Saturday (3pm).

Ely City saw their match at the Unwin Ground with Brantham Athletic postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the weekend.

The struggling Robins will be back in action on Saturday when making the trip to Fakenham Town (3pm).

In the Ryman League Division One North Soham Town Rangers ended their six game winless run in all competitions with a 6-2 victory over basement side Burnham Ramblers.

The Greens face Chatham Town at Julius Martin Lane on Saturday (3pm).