Head coach departs after Ely thrashing

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Steve Drawbridge has been relieved of his duties as Newmarket head coach following a difference of opinion on which direction the club wanted to go in.

A committee meeting was held by the club following their 105-3 thrashing at Ely, where they decided to end Drawbridge’s two year rein in charge of The NSDA Pavillion-based outfit.

Former Newmarket player Ali Walker has been installed as interim head coach, and took over his first game at the weekend at home to Crusaders.

Chairman John Adams said of the decision: “It’s a shame to see Steve leave, but we feel it is the right decision for the club.

“The future direction of the club we have was different to Steve’s. Ours being that we want to develop young, local talent.

“Ali goes in the RAF in February next year so he will be in temporary charge while we start to put things in motion to bring in a new permanent head coach.”

Drawbridge took over as head coach ahead of the 2013-14 season and guided Newmarket to second place in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division One in his first campaign.

A third place finish followed last season before Drawbridge oversaw their first two games of 2015-16.