Jockeys’ boss wants winning response against lowly rivals

SOLDIERING ON:  Mildenhall Town player Matthew Green rides a challenge from Walsham-le-Willows' Paul Musgrove  on Saturday
SOLDIERING ON: Mildenhall Town player Matthew Green rides a challenge from Walsham-le-Willows' Paul Musgrove on Saturday

Newmarket Town boss Kevin Grainger does not want to see his side throw away more points against lowly Thetford Town on Saturday.

Last time the two sides met, in December, the Jockeys were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw after finding themselves 3-0 down despite dominating large parts of the match.

With that match still relatively fresh in the mind, Grainger is hoping his side can get the result their performance deserved at Mundford Road.

“The first half over at their place was so one-sided it was like playing on a tilted pitch,” said Grainger. “We missed chance after chance then they scored before the break and two quick goals after it before we scored three goals in the last 10 minutes.

“It was an interesting match to say the least.

“I think what that result will do is get the lads pumped up to put things right and hopefully we can put three or four past them this time and take the win.”

Although Grainger is hoping his side can pick up all three points at the weekend, he is slightly concerned with the number of players he has at his disposal for the game.

“We have run with a small squad all year which we have been lucky to get away with but we are really struggling this week,” said Grainger. “I have both Will Lawton and Andrew Claydon out injured, Jake Wayne suspended and Luke Parkinson away while Scott Wilby has decided to stop playing football, so I will probably give a couple of the young lads a call up.

“The only problem I have in bringing in players is that we have a strong starting XI and I can’t guarantee them a regular place in the side.”

While sounding out a 
reason for not signing on 
new players, Grainger has 
indicated he would like to 
bolster one area of his squad.

“I would like to bring in someone up front as that is somewhere we could do with a fresh face, but it is proving difficult as no one really wants to move midway through the season” said Grainger. “I went after James Hall straight away after he said he was leaving Godmanchester Rovers, but he went to St Ives.

After having their clash away to Godmanchester called off on Saturday, the Jockeys slipped from third to seventh in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

With just two points separating third-placed Felixstowe and Walton United and seventh-placed Town, Grainger feels his side are now involved in a mini-league.

“It is disappointing that we dropped down from third to seventh, letting the other teams catch us, but we are now in a mini-league battle,” said Grainger. “The top two sides (Norwich United and Godmanchester Rovers) are going to have to falter if we are going to catch them, but if we can beat the teams around us we can finish top of the mini-league.”

Richard Logan scored a brace of goals during Mildenhall Town’s 3-0 over Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday with Matt Waters grabbing the other.

Town will face Kirkley and Pakefield away on Saturday.

Ely City, who saw their away match at Gorleston postponed at the weekend, will travel to Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday.

In Ryman League Division One North, Soham Town Rangers will attempt to follow up their 2-1 win at Romford on Saturday when visiting Barkingside. All matches kick-off at 3pm.