Newmarket Town looking to maintain perfect Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division home record against Stanway Rovers
Newmarket Town are the only Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club with a 100 per cent winning record at home this season – and manager Michael Shinn is hoping they can keep that run going this weekend.
The seventh-placed Jockeys will play host to Stanway Rovers (3rd) on Saturday (3pm) having collected all of the 18 points on offer at the Tristel Stadium.
In-form Rovers, who have won their last six games in all competitions and beat Newmarket 2-1 on the opening day, will provide a stern test of that positive record.
“It is nice to have a home record like ours and while the loss will probably come at some stage, we should be enjoying it,” said Shinn.
“Our home form was also good last year and it should be because we are fortunate enough to have the pitch we do and the facilities. We get to train on it and that gives us an advantage as well.
“We played well at Stanway – looking back it is probably our best away performance of the season and we did not deserve to lose the game.
“They have strengthened their squad since then and so have we so it should be a good game. Hopefully we can keep the run going.”
Newmarket will also be at home on Tuesday when they host lower-league CUP in the quarter-finals of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup (7.45pm).
With his side out of all other cups, Shinn is eager to see them go as far as they can in the county competition.
“All non-league players want to be professional footballers and so to be in a competition where the final is at a professional club’s ground like Cambridge United is a big thing,” added Shinn.
“It is the only cup we are left in, so it is high on our priority list.
“CUP are a good team with players that could play at our level so it will not be easy. A win would move us closer to the final and that builds confidence.”
Striker Lewis Whitehead (knee) is set to miss both games through injury.