Kevin Grainger is desperate for his Newmarket Town side to find their predatory skills in front of goal and put an end to them being draw specialists.
For the ninth time in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday, the Jockeys were forced to settle for a share of the points after being held to a 1-1 draw at mid-table Ipswich Wanderers.
Although only losing two games in the league all season it has been Town’s problem at being able to finish off teams which has seen any thoughts of a title charge dashed.
“There is only one of those draws that we were lucky in the rest should have been wins,” said Town boss Grainger. “We create enough chances in games, but we just need to find that killer touch in front of goal and that is the difference between us and those above us.
“Saying that though, I still think we can finish in the top five and looking at it at the moment we have only lost two games, which is a great achievement.”
After playing out a scoreless first half against Wanderers on Saturday, Town fell behind before Ross Paterson scored from close range after being set up by Lee Clift to level the match.
Although coming away with a point was not the worst result in Grainger’s eyes, it could — and should — have been much more.
“In the morning of the game we received the news that one of their longest serving club officials had died so in the circumstances I would have taken a draw,” said Grainger. “We lost Darren Coe to a back injury in the first minute and although it was tight we had the better chances in the first half.
“They scored a poor goal which we gave them and from then on it was all us until the end of the game.
“Ross Paterson equalised before Richard Chadwick and Lee Clift missed chances to win the game for us.”
Town will be back in action on Saturday (3pm) when facing relegation-threatened Diss Town at Cricket Field Road.