Kevin Grainger expects his Newmarket Town side to face a stern test in the first defence of the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup.
The defending champions will take on King’s Lynn Town Reserves at Cricket Field Road on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they start the defence of the trophy they won back in May with a 2-1 victory over Felixstowe and Walton United.
Despite the Linnets plying their trade in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, a league below the Jockeys, Grainger is anticipating nothing but a tough test.
“Cup draws for us this year seem to have been really tough and we have had some unkind fixtures,” said Grainger, who saw his side exit the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday following a 2-0 defeat at Felixstowe and Walton United.
“King’s Lynn are a young side and they are doing quite well in the First Division so it will be a tough game for us.
“It will be like playing a better young Histon side. However, as we are the holders, I will be fielded a full-strength side for the match.”
Prior to their cup clash with the Norfolk outfit, the Jockeys face a mouth watering fixture in the Thurlow Nunn Premier on Saturday when entertaining third-placed Hadleigh United (3pm).
Although Town suffered a cup exit on Tuesday, their latest outing in the league resulted in a 2-0 win away at Brantham Athletic on Saturday through goals from Scott Paterson and Richard Chadwick.
Mildenhall Town picked up three points in the Thurlow Nunn Premier on Saturday with a 5-1 win over Wivenhoe Town, while Ely City are still searching for their first points after losing 2-1 at home to Diss Town.
Both will be in league action on Saturday (3pm), with Town, who were due to face Needham Market away last night in the first round of the Suffolk Premier Cup, hosting Norwich United and City travelling to FC Clacton.
Attention for both teams will turn to the first round of the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm) with Town hosting March Town United and City visiting Saffron Walden Town.
In Ryman League Division One North Soham Town Rangers regained the winning thread after drawing 1-1 away to Cray Wanderers on Saturday with a 2-1 win at home to Romford on Tuesday.
The Greens face Spalding United at home in the FA Trophy on Saturday (3pm).