The chances of Newmarket Town playing free-flowing football against Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday (3pm) are expected to be minimal, writes Graham Clark.
Those are the views of Jockeys boss Kevin Grainger, who feels his side will become embroiled in a battle rather than a football match in their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division encounter at Bearscroft Lane.
“We know that the pitch won’t be great so it’s not going to be a game of football but one of those blood -and-thunder games,” said Grainger.
“They have been a bit up-and-down in their last few matches and they only scored a late winner against Stanway Rovers in the league cup on Tuesday.
“We won’t be going there just to sit back and soak up the pressure, we will be going there to win and will give as good as we get.”
In order for the Jockeys, who lost 4-1 at home in a friendly to Ryman League Division One North outfit Waltham Abbey on Tuesday, to deliver the win, Grainger has stressed they must make the most of chances presented to them; something which has not been the case in recent matches.
“We are strong defensively but it is the same old story as we create lots of chances but don’t finish them. We have got to turn some of those draws into wins,” said Grainger.
“We beat them at their place in the FA Cup earlier this year, which is a good psychological thing to have, but taking our chances will be key.”