Newmarket Town leave it late to beat Long Melford in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division
Newmarket Town bounced back from their midweek defeat to Kirkley & Pakefield by winning 2-0 at Long Melford on Saturday.
Michael Shinn’s Jockeys had lost just one of their previous six fixtures prior to the Kirkley defeat, which came about from a Cameron Russell goal in stoppage time.
However, late unanswered goals from Lewis Whitehead and captain Jack Watson helped to banish that memory – a result that also dropped their hosts into the relegation zone.
The hosting Villagers had the better of the opportunities during the first half but they could not find a way past Alex Archer in the Newmarket goal.
Winger Pablo Chaves spurned a couple of good chances while striker Emmanuel Machaya was also wasteful at the crucial moment.
Up the other end Max Melanson was denied his goal since joining Newmarket from Thetford Town last month by Anthony Waugh’s clearance off the goal line and home goalkeeper Michael Bett did well to keep out efforts from Ben Robinson and Whitehead.
Newmarket started the second half on the front and went close to breaking the deadlock through leading goalscorer Sam Gomarsall, but his effort was denied by Bett’s full-stretch save.
Meanwhile, chances continued to go begging for Melford and they were duly punished nine minutes from time when Watson kept his cool from the penalty spot to score his eighth goal of the campaign.
And with Melford pushing forward in search of an equaliser the points were made safe via Whitehead, who scored his sixth goal since rejoining from Cambridge City in January.
Newmarket remain ninth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table, four points adrift of Brantham Athletic in eighth and seven behind Walsham-le-Willows in seventh spot.
On Saturday they will play host to third-placed Godmanchester Rovers (3pm).
Newmarket were beaten 3-0 in September’s reverse fixture, with former Soham Town Rangers forward Matt Allan scoring twice.