Newmarket Town show character and patience during Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division derby win over Ely City
Player-manager Michael Shinn praised the character and patience of his Newmarket Town players after they twice came from behind to eventually win Tuesday night’s derby at Ely City 3-2.
The hosts – crippled by injuries and suspension in attacking areas – rallied to take the lead in each half, but first James Seymour and then Ross Paterson pegged them back.
And Paterson, who rejoined Newmarket from Cambridge City in the summer, struck again deep into stoppage time to ensure all three Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division points would be heading back down the A142.
“We stayed patient in the second half. We kept the ball, we got it wide and tried to build rather than go too direct,” said Shinn, who came on at the Demcom Stadium as a late second-half substitute.
“We did not do that against Arlesey (in the FA Cup earlier this season) – at times we got desperate and started smashing it long but tonight we were extremely patient.
“It is only one game and we cannot get too excited, but it does show there is a lot of character and ability in our dressing room.
“It is all about just being consistent in our performance and making sure we keep knocking on the door in games like this because eventually you will get there.
“It might not be like that every week but the rewards are going to be there more often than not.”
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