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Shaun Avis marks debut for Lakenheath with two goals in Thurlow Nunn League First Division North win over Swaffham Town

New signing Shaun Avis is hopeful that he and Lakenheath could prove to be the perfect match.

The centre-forward made a bright start to the season in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with Newmarket Town, scoring 13 goals from his 34 appearances (26 starts).

However, his playing time had been limited in recent weeks and following discussions with Lakenheath boss Ben Cowling, Avis took the decision to drop down a level last week.

FOOTBALL: Newmarket v Hullbridge Sports FA Cup Shaun Avis levels for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7543686)
FOOTBALL: Newmarket v Hullbridge Sports FA Cup Shaun Avis levels for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7543686)

And he made an instant impact for his new club, scoring twice in their 4-1 home win over third-placed Swaffham Town on Saturday.

“I started well at Newmarket but Shinny (Michael Shinn, manager) added some new players in my position and I understand that – that’s football,” he said.

“I was finding myself out of the team and I just want to play because I feel I have a lot to offer.

“Shinny was honest with me and said I would not be getting much playing time so after speaking with Ben it felt right to join Lakenheath.

“They have a lot of attacking players and that is going to really benefit me. I feel I have developed my game in the last couple of years and I now score more goals from inside the box.

“I want to be relied upon to score the important goals and with the players Lakenheath have creating the chances I feel I will do that.”

Avis’ new club, who head to bottom-of-the-table Wisbech St Mary on Saturday (3pm), have had a promising first ever season at Step 6.

They are currently sixth – just four points adrift of the top three – and Avis feels there is a bright future ahead.

“If the squad that is there now can be kept together and maybe one or two more are added they will not be far away next season from challenging at the top,” he added.

“It is a really nice facility down there, the pitch is good and with the lights now up there is a real good feeling about the place.”

Lakenheath’s other goals against Swaffham at the weekend were scored by Reece Clarke and substitute Ryan Weaver.

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