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Disappointment as Newmarket Town bow out of the FA Cup to Arlesey Town

Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn has spoken of his disappointment after his side fell at the first hurdle of this season’s Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday.

After playing out a 2-2 draw at home against Arlesey Town on Saturday – which saw the Jockeys battle back from falling two goals behind – they bowed out at the extra preliminary round stage following a 1-0 defeat in the replay.

Performance-wise Shinn had few complaints, but he admitted his men had been made to pay for not converting a number of their chances.

Michael Shinn
Michael Shinn

“They had a five-minute spell in the first game where they scored twice, but after that we dominated,” he said.

“On Saturday it was probably one of the best performances we have produced since I came to the club.

“We moved the ball so well – their manager said as much – and their goalkeeper was man of the match, but we have not buried enough of our chances.

“In the replay we have created chances again but it was the same problem in front of goal.

“They took the lead early in the second half and although we have given it a go after that, maybe we were a bit too direct and made bad decisions in possession.

“It is really disappointing to have gone out, especially as we played so well on Saturday.

“Maybe we did not go in to Tuesday as a separate game and they have been dogged and hit us on the break.

“We had great support at Arlesey – I see how hard they all work for the club, especially over the summer, and so it is gutting to have not got over the line for them.

“You do not get a lot of chances to play in the FA Cup as a footballer so everyone is disappointed.”

Shinn’s side are without a fixture this weekend, with their return to action scheduled for Tuesday evening away at title favourites Stowmarket Town (7.45pm).

It is a tough match on paper, but Shinn feels it is the type of scenario in which his team tends to thrive.

“We have got no game at the weekend and that gives the lads a little bit of time to rest up,” he added.

“Stowmarket is the sort of game we should be looking forward to because as a group we tend to show our best against the top teams.

“Everyone in the league is looking at them at the moment so there will not be much pressure on us.

“Hopefully we can get a good result and not just the right type of performance.

“We have played well against Stanway and Arlesey this season and got nothing, but then against Melford we were indifferent and went on to win the game by a comfortable scoreline.

“If we can give a good account of ourselves then we will give them a decent game.”

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