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Jockeys hit Goddy for six in home win

HAPPY DAYS: Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger
HAPPY DAYS: Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger



Newmarket Town 6


Rovers 2

Newmarket Town piled the pressure on the other teams at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with an emphatic 6-2 win against Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday.

The Jockeys could have scored even more goals had it not been for the brilliant goalkeeping of visiting keeper Evan Jeckells, who made several superb saves on the day.

Austen Diaper’s fierce shot looked destined for the net, but Jeckells managed to get a hand to the ball to deflect it away for a corner.

Jeckells could do nothing, however, to stop a great 30-yard shot from the Newmarket skipper, Jack Watson, which put the home side in front.

Ten minutes before half time the Jockeys doubled their advantage, after Lewis Whitehead crossed the ball to Deakan Napier, who turned and slammed the ball home.

Shortly after the restart, Godmanchester’s Reece King was put through with a delightful pass and pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Moments later, Jamie Thurlbourne restored Newmarket’s two-goal lead with a cracking shot from way out wide on the left.

On the hour mark, Napier took a short corner to Thurlbourne and his cross found Charlie Bowen, who firmly headed into the net.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, both sides were still pressing forward aggressively and this led to a late flurry of goals.

Diaper and Whitehead both found the target for Newmarket, in-between a goal for Goddy’s Arran Mackay, to leave the final score 6-2 in the home side’s favour.

n Defeats on Saturday for leaders Mildenhall Town and Felixstowe & Walton United meant the Jockeys moved up to second place in the table.

n Hall, who were beaten 1-0 at Great Yarmouth Town, host Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday (3pm), while Newmarket are without a game.

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