Swinton keen to make big impact at Newmarket

LOOKING FORWARD: Simon Swinton is excited by the future with Newmarket, but hopes his former club Soham stay up
LOOKING FORWARD: Simon Swinton is excited by the future with Newmarket, but hopes his former club Soham stay up

Simon Swinton is determined to ensure that his recent arrival will give Newmarket Town ‘a final push’ as they battle on three fronts over the last few weeks of the season.

The midfielder, who joined from Ryman League Division One North side Soham Town Rangers on Thursday, made his debut for The Jockeys during last night’s 4-2 win at Long Melford.

The result moved Kevin Grainger’s men up to second in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, four points behind leaders Mildenhall Town, who have a game in hand.

Newmarket also have a Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup final date with the table-toppers to come, as well as facing Ryman League Premier Division outfit Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, March 14.

Speaking about the impact he is looking to make at The Ridgeons Stadium, Swinton said: “Newmarket is a club on the up and they are looking to build for next season.

“The lads that are already here played a big part in me joining and hopefully I can give them a final push in the league and cup this season.

“All I want to do is win games, so hopefully my energy and distribution can be pivotal and help us kick on.”

In Soham, Swinton has left behind a club that has been spiralling towards the bottom three ever since joint-managers Robbie Nightingale and Dave Theobald headed for Cambridge City in November, taking a number of key players with them in the process.

Player-manager Robbie Mason and his assistant Lloyd Groves are yet to taste victory following their appointment — a run that dates back 14 matches and one that has seen the team drop to just two points outside of the relegation zone.

However, former skipper Swinton is hopeful that the slide can be halted in time to preserve The Greens’ Step Four status.

“I would love them to stay up. It is a club I will always follow now,” he added.

“I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me to play that level of football.

“It has been a tough period for the club, but they have got to put that behind them and look forward.

“With Robbie and Lloyd there, I think they can stay up.”

Today, Soham host 15th-placed Thamesmead Town at Julius Martin Lane (3pm).