Grainger wants home victory to spark another winning run

LET'S CELEBRATE: Jack Sellick congratulates Ross Paterson on putting the Jockeys in front against Thetford Town
LET'S CELEBRATE: Jack Sellick congratulates Ross Paterson on putting the Jockeys in front against Thetford Town

After securing their first win of 2015 at the weekend, Newmarket Town boss Kevin Grainger is targeting more victories to quickly follow.

In a battle between two teams in the top seven of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, the Jockeys visit Stanway Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

And having drawn the most games out of anyone in the Premier Division this season (10), the Newmarket chief is looking for more wins to help push his side back up the table.

“We need to keep winning if we want to finish, at a minimum, third or fourth,” said Grainger. “It’s going to be tough as there are a lot of teams up there.”

Newmarket came from a goal behind to beat Thetford Town 2-1 at the Town Ground on Saturday, with two goals from Ross Paterson giving the Jockeys their first win of the calendar year.

Saturday’s opponents Stanway saw their FA Vase run come to an end at the weekend, losing 2-0 at AFC St Austell at the last 16 stage.

And Grainger is hoping Stanway’s cup exit could still be on their minds when the Jockeys visit the Hawthorns.

“We’ll go over there and see what their mindset is like,” said the Newmarket boss. “They had two players sent-off on Saturday but unfortunately for us their suspensions won’t kick in for 14 days!”

Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose has urged his side to show more killer instinct after their 2-0 defeat away at Kirkley and Pakefield at the weekend.

“We missed two open goals and could have gone 2-1 up,” he said. “We’re sometimes overplaying it, we need to be more clinical in the final third and show that killer instinct.”

Greygoose hopes to have Kelvin Enaro back when Hall host FC Clacton on Saturday (3pm), after the winger missed Saturday’s trip to Walmer Road.

“We started sluggish and they could have been out of sight,” admitted the Town manager.

“But we kept going and I’m pleased that they didn’t give in. The boys showed some backbone. “

Ely City’s unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday, with a 5-0 home defeat to leaders Norwich United.

Goals from Richard Gammon and Douydas Kairys had helped the Robins draw 2-2 at Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday.

In Ryman League Division One North, Soham Town Rangers saw their three match winning run come to an end at the weekend.

Rangers lost 2-1 at Barkingside on Saturday, and followed that up with a 2-0 defeat at Redbridge on Tuesday.

Steve Fallon’s side host Maldon and Tiptree on Saturday (3pm), before a trip to Waltham Abbey on Tuesday (7.45pm).