Drawbridge is not expecting much from big Ely derby date

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Steve Drawbridge is not holding out any great expectations for Newmarket on Saturday in their derby clash with Ely, writes Graham Clark.

The Newmarket rugby head coach is of the opinion his side will head into the encounter at Scaltback as the firm underdogs on account of Ely’s lofty position of second in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division One table and having to cope with an ever-increasing injury list.

“Ely are going very well at the moment and they have a good young side which they have managed to keep together for a couple of years now and we respect what they have done,” said Drawbridge. “Although we are playing some decent rugby, we are not turning them into positive results, and with us down to the bare bones and an injury list like I have never known before I don’t have great expectations on Saturday.

“All I will be looking for is a good performance.”

The inability to turn solid displays on the pitch into points-winning ones was clear for all to see at the weekend when the Scaltback side lost 26-8 at Wisbech despite sustained periods of pressure.

“After making a poor start at Wisbech, we dominated 70 per cent of the game and had five good chances to score, but only took one of them, while they had four chances and took all of them,” said Drawbridge. “The statistics were in our favour, but our decision making and execution of the ball was poor.”