Grainger: ‘We were awful . . . but I’m happy to be in final’

Kevin Grainger has branded his team’s match winning display in Tuesday’s Red Insure League Cup semi-final with Ely City as awful, writes Graham Clark.

Despite seeing his side triumph 3-2 on penalties against the Robins the Town boss bemoaned his side’s lacklustre performance.

“I had a real go at them at half-time which is something I don’t usually do,” said Grainger.

“We were awful. We just didn’t turn up and we played all the wrong balls as we got sucked into playing their game. Saying that though I am chuffed to bits to have reached the final.”

As for Brady Stone, joint-manager of City, he feels that his team can be proud of their performance against the Jockeys.

“We set a game plan out not to let Newmarket play and force them into playing it long which we did,” said Stone.

“I thought my team kept to the plan well and it only took a great goal to get Newmarket back into the game.

“Losing on penalties is a horrible way to go out but the lads should hold their heads up and be proud of their performance.”

On Saturday, Town will play the first of two back-to-back home games in the Thurlow Nunn Premier League on Saturday when hosting Walsham-le-Willows, who they played out a 1-1 draw with on Saturday, before facing in-form Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday (7.45pm).

City will take on Diss Town on Saturday (3pm). For a full report on Tuesday’s match, turn to page 93.