Newmarket Town suffer third Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat in a row to Long Melford
To continue what has been an inconsistent campaign, Newmarket Town slipped to a third straight defeat in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.
Steve Adams’ second-half goal was enough to claim all three points for visiting Long Melford at the Bloorie.com Stadium, with the visitors ending an 11-game winless run in the process.
Despite losing to high-flying Histon and Stowmarket Town in their previous two outings, Newmarket had performed well and they also started brightly against Melford.
Player-boss Michael Shinn saw his free-kick deflected narrowly wide in the sixth minute, while moments later striker Shaun Avis shot off target.
The Jockeys continued to dominate possession throughout the first half and they went close again to breaking the deadlock with 20 minutes on the clock as Blake Kicks drew a good save from Sam Mansfield in the Melford goal.
Nevertheless, Newmarket could not make those chances count and they were punished in the 57th minute as Melford scored what turned out to be the winning goal.
Kieran Michaels floated in a corner that was met by the head of skipper Adams, who got too much power on the effort for the Newmarket goalkeeper Alex Archer to react in time.
Newmarket poured forward thereafter in search of an equaliser, but a combination of smart saves from Mansfield, some wayward shooting and good Melford defending meant their efforts went unrewarded.
It inflicted a ninth defeat of the campaign on Newmarket, who sit 11th in the table thanks to their return of eight wins and four draws.
Next on the agenda for Shinn’s team is a trip to 12th-placed Norwich United on Saturday ahead of a run of three straight home games in all competitions.
Norwich, who were relegated from the Bostik League North Division at the end of last season, go into the fixture on a four game unbeaten run – two wins and two draws.