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Newmarket Town boss not expecting easy time of it in derby against Haverhill Rovers

Player-manager Michael Shinn has warned his Newmarket Town players that there are no easy games in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division ahead of Saturday's derby against Haverhill Rovers (3pm).

Shinn’s men, who were beaten 2-1 at Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday when Mark Lovell was on target, will host his former club at the Tristel Stadium.

Rovers have lost their last four games in all competitions and have just changed their manager, but Shinn is not expecting a straightforward assignment.

Football Ely City v Newmarket Town Michael Shinn. Picture by Mark Westley. (18928470)
Football Ely City v Newmarket Town Michael Shinn. Picture by Mark Westley. (18928470)

“We are a good side at home but we will need to apply ourselves properly,” added the boss.

“No game at this level is easy and recent results have shown that. Gorleston and Hadleigh have not started too well and then they have gone and beaten Mildenhall and Woodbridge.

“So we cannot afford to take anything for granted – it is going to be a tough game.

“They have a very good goalkeeper in Toby Egan and are a very young and mobile side. They have also beaten Godmanchester a couple of times this season, so they are more than capable.”

Newmarket head into the Haverhill game sitting 10th in the Premier Division, level on points but one place higher than their visitors.

They were also in action on Tuesday when winning 4-2 against lower-league Great Shelford in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup with goals coming from Shinn (2), Lovell and new signing Jack Chandler.

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