Newmarket Town boss remains upbeat despite conceding late equaliser to Mildenhall Town
Despite seeing his side concede a stoppage-time equaliser to rivals Mildenhall Town in Tuesday evening’s 2-2 draw , Newmarket Town player-manager Michael Shinn was far from despondent.
After Tanner Call had given the visitors an early lead, memorable strikes either side of the break, courtesy of Jack Watson and Joe Maybanks, looked to have secured the Jockeys a first win over Mildenhall since September 2015.
But two minutes into time added on substitute Yeomans kept his cool from 10 yards out to keep the away side’s positive derby sequence intact.
Yet, while the late leveller will have left a slightly bitter taste, overall Shinn was pleased with the character his team – ravaged by injury and suspension – showed at the Tristel Stadium.
“I’ve said to the boys to not be disappointed because it’s a really tough start, playing Mildenhall at home,” he said.
“We are bare bones at the moment, then Kicksy (Blake Kicks) goes down injured early and we’ve got four boys on the bench who played 90 minutes in the FA Youth Cup the night before.
“There is a lot of character there to keeping going. It was a tough last 10 minutes having got ourselves in front from a couple of really good goals. To go 1-0 down to 2-1 up shows bottle.
“Whenever you concede such a late goal it’s tough to take, but your first competitive game is always played at a tempo that is like nothing else. Mildenhall already got that out of their system last week, now it’s out of our system as well.
“It’s probably tired legs at the end that has cost us three points, but I am pleased. We’ve got a point with so many people missing.
“It shows when we are at full tilt, at our best and there is competition for places, we are strong.
“I hope nobody is going away disappointed. We can just kick on now and be really competitive.”
Meanwhile, Mildenhall boss Ricky Cornish was left to bemoan a string of missed opportunities by his men.
A combination of good saves from Newmarket goalkeeper Alex Archer and wayward finishing stopped the away side from doubling their early advantage before the hosts equalised, while in the second half one moment in particular – when three chances went begging in a matter of seconds – stood out.
“We created plenty and didn’t take them,” said Cornish. “By half-time the game could and maybe should have been dead.
“They have scored two worldys. The first one he’s cut inside – maybe we could have got a bit closer – but then he’s bent it in the top corner. With the second, the ball has moved in every direction.
“But overall Crumpy (Mildenhall goalkeeper) has had a quiet night. With the forward play we’ve had, we’ve created a lot of chances and we need to start taking them.
“We’ve scored six goals in two games (including 4-2 win at Hadleigh) but we should have scored more.
“The lads will come good though, I know that. The chances are being created – it would be more worrying if they weren’t.”