Newmarket Town secure three Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division points with high-scoring win at Haverhill Rovers
Michael Shinn praised the ‘awesome character and spirit’ of his dressing room following Newmarket Town’s 4-2 dismantling of Haverhill Rovers on Saturday.
The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division manager said he had worked to surround himself with players and staff with a similar level of winning desire since taking over at the helm.
And that positive attitude was behind their high-scoring results, as he develops for a future that could see the club pushing up the non-league ladder.
But despite his pleasure at the result, he was keen to emphasise the inconsistency of his side and was cautious in assessing their trip to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday (3pm).
He said: “We have a lot of young players and we’re building for the future.
“We have an awesome character and spirit in the changing room and I’m pleased by the commitment on show, I’m a winner and I expect everyone in that dressing room to have the same attitude as me.
“I can’t have people that are happy to lose – and I think that shows in our performance.
“I also expected us to be inconsistent with a new group, new ideas; even the management team have never worked together before.
“And that’s what we’ve been seeing, I really wouldn’t be surprised if we draw away to Walsham on Saturday, to make it four wins, four draws and four defeats.
“That’s where we are as a group, we have so much quality but are inconsistent in showing it.”
Newmarket travelled to The New Croft for the reverse fixture in a local derby that attracted an impressive 165 spectators, as both sets of fans looked to improve on their 1-1 draw in August.
It was the visiting Jockeys that laid down the marker after just 11 seconds, with one of the fastest goals scored in the league. Matt Hayden scoring from the kick-off to put Newmarket on the front foot.
They doubled their score just 15 minutes later, when Jack Watson converted a penalty after being brought down in the box by Ryan Geoghegan.
Despite the home team having numerous half chances, it was the visitors who again found a goal, with Sam Gomarsall scoring after 40 minutes from close range.
Newmarket produced a first half masterclass in counter attacking. They played from deep, soaking up significant Rovers pressure before attacking quickly when the opportunity presented itself to go in three goals to the good at half-time.
The side came out of the changing rooms still hungry for the second half and were quickly rewarded with a fourth goal in the 49th minute.
Watson forced a save from Rovers’ Mitchell Ware in goal but the ball rebounded to Hayden, who finished nicely to wrap up the four-goal count for Newmarket.
Rovers’ persistent attacks paid off with a goal in the 61st minute, from a Luke Haines free-kick, before they were awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute to spark mumblings of a possible comeback.
But Newmarket saw out the final minutes to secure three points and climb to 13th in the league.
Shinn said: “They surprised us a little bit the first time we played at our place, with the way they played and the way they opened us up.
“So we knew what to expect, set traps early on and got ourselves ahead really early.
“It’s a great way to start, but this season, when we’ve got an early goal we’ve then dropped off it and let teams back in, so to keep our foot down and press high is really pleasing.”
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