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Watson wants top six challenge

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Captain Jack Watson believes there is enough quality within the Newmarket Town squad to mount a top six challenge in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this season.

SKIPPER: Jack Watson
SKIPPER: Jack Watson

The Jockeys finished third two terms ago and were expected to fight for the title during 2017/18, but it never materialised and they ended up down in ninth.

Player-boss Michael Shinn took charge part way through last season and has since overseen a number of comings and goings, with the likes of Blake Kicks, Nathan Clarke and Steven Cahill all arriving at the Bloorie.com Stadium this summer.

It is still very much early days for the new-look side, but Watson is confident in their ability to be battling towards the top end of the table.

“The manager is building a team and it is going to be different, but sometimes that is not a bad thing,” he said.

“You can see how hungry these lads are – they want to play and they want to impress.

“There is already a togetherness forming. It is very tight knit and that gets you a long way.

“I cannot speak for the club – and we have not really spoken about targets – but I think top six is achievable.

“I want to win and I would not have agreed to stay if I did not believe we would be competitive.”

Newmarket open up on Saturday with a home clash against Great Yarmouth Town, before they head to neighbouring Ely City on Tuesday (7.45pm).