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Newmarket Town chairman Jay Baldwin confident Jockeys are ‘100 per cent prepared’ for Step 4 football





Newmarket Town chairman Jay Baldwin is confident that the club are ‘100 per cent prepared’ for their first season in Step 4 of the non-league pyramid, after the Jockeys clinched promotion to the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division on Saturday.

Two quick strikes in first-half stoppage time from Ali Conway and Jordan Foster helped the home side to a 2-0 victory over Mulbarton Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division play-off final, and Baldwin stated the club have ‘hardly any work to do’ to make sure they comply with Step 4 rules and regulations next campaign.

The only work needed at the Tristel Stadium is to connect the toilet block to the ground and build a new committee room. The pitch and stands are all ready to go.

Players celebrate their success. Picture: Mark Westley
Players celebrate their success. Picture: Mark Westley

“We’re 100 per cent prepared, we’re ready. We’ve been building for this for so many years but to actually get over the line, it’s unbelievable,” said the Jockeys chairman.

“At the end of the day, the team that we’ve got here are ready for it. Obviously we’re probably going to need to bring in a couple of players, but that’s up to the management team.

“They’re more than ready for it, and they’re good enough. We know that we can compete against the others, and if any justice is done, we’ll stay up and Mulbarton will come up next year. We get on really well with them.”

Isaac Maynard (left) and James Seymour (right) celebrate. Picture: Mark Westley
Isaac Maynard (left) and James Seymour (right) celebrate. Picture: Mark Westley

It was announced prior to the play-off final that Newmarket players had lost more than £1,500 in accommodation and travel payments after they cancelled an end-of-season trip to Liverpool to get the game played. Midfielder, Ben Robinson, also showed his commitment as he cut short a holiday to Majorica so he could fly back on Friday night.

“It was well worth it, it’s brilliant” said Robinson. “I was never going to miss it. I was always coming back because these days don’t come around to often. As a player, you’ve got to take every opportunity because as a non-league footballer you don’t stick around for too long.

“It’s difficult for it to sink in. The support and everything that has come out of today is an incredible achievement.”

Neighbours and champions Mildenhall Town will also be in the North Division next term.