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Newmarket Town recover from equaliser to maintain positive run of home form

Player-manager Michael Shinn was pleased with the reaction his Newmarket Town players showed to being pegged back during Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Godmanchester Rovers.

The Jockeys took the lead during the first half through Ben Robinson and then saw skipper Jack Watson have his penalty saved by Godmanchester goalkeeper Niall Conroy.

That was followed by an equaliser from the visitors’ Michael Hyem after the restart, but Newmarket rallied with goals from Jack Chandler and Robinson’s second of the game securing all three points.

Michael Shinn
Michael Shinn

It maintained Newmarket’s impressive start to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season at the Tristel Stadium, where they have picked up 25 points from the 27 on offer in 2019/20.

“It was always relatively comfortable,” said Shinn, who set up two of his team’s three goals on the day.

“We made a little error defensively at 1-0 up and that has let them back into it.

“At that point it could have gone one of two ways because they have got their tails up, but we steadied the ship and went again.

“It was one-way traffic and it was a good all-round performance. We created plenty of chances and looked secure defensively apart from that one moment when they scored.”

It was another match without striker Lewis Whitehead, who has been limited to just 12 appearances this term because of ankle and knee injuries.

However, Shinn is hopeful that the frontman could be ready to return to action after Christmas.

“Lewis has suffered with a knee injury ever since I have been here,” said Shinn.

“He now has a diagnosis of exactly what the problem is but he also picked up an ankle injury which was causing him problems.

“He is getting the right treatment for it now. It has been a frustrating year or so for him but we are hopeful that he is around a month away from getting back involved with the squad.”

* For more from Shinn, see this week's Journal print edition – out on Thursday.

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