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Newmarket Town striker Lewis Whitehead pleased to bring an end to goalscoring drought

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Lewis Whitehead has spoken of the relief after bringing his goalscoring drought to an end.

The Newmarket Town forward found the back of the net twice during the weekend’s 4-2 home win over Whitton United – his first goals since the second game of the season.

“It’s been a long time,” said the striker. “At times I’ve played out wide this season, as a number 10 or a false nine so I haven’t had lots and lots of chances, but it does eat away at you a little bit.

Newmarket Town v March Town United. Lewis Whitehead. Picture by Mark Westley. (53076900)
Newmarket Town v March Town United. Lewis Whitehead. Picture by Mark Westley. (53076900)

“The games were mounting up and I’d had a few stinkers in there. I’d also done all right in a few games but it wasn’t happening.

“It’s always in the back of your mind so it’s nice to have got that out the way.”

Whitehead has rediscovered his scoring touch at the same time as Newmarket have returned to form in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

After nine matches without a win, the Jockeys have now posted back-to-back victories to move up to ninth.

“There’s still some work to be done and we’re not getting carried away, but we’ve done well recently,” added the frontman.

“We were terrible at Hadleigh (4-1 defeat on October 30), probably one of the worst team performances since I’ve been at the club.

“It’s been a horrible run and while we have been short on numbers at times, that isn’t an excuse. At times we’ve not been anywhere near the levels Shinny (Michael Shinn, manager) needs us to be.

“We’ve been low on confidence a bit and we’ve not been performing as a team.

“But it’s not a case of the lads not being together. You can play for some teams where little groups break off and people blame each other, but that hasn’t happened.

“It’s too early to say we’ve turned a corner but it’s been a good couple of weeks.”

Saturday’s assignment in the second round proper of the Buildbase FA Vase looks to be tough one, with Newmarket set to travel to fellow Premier Division outfit Wroxham (3pm).

The Yachtsmen have lost just three times in the league this term and beat Newmarket 5-3 at the Tristel Stadium earlier in the campaign.

“If you’re going to have a good run you’ll need to beat some decent sides but it doesn’t get much tougher in East Anglia than Wroxham away,” said Whitehead.

“No disrespect to Diss but we had a nice draw against them at home and we were also at home against Redbridge, so maybe we were due one like this.

“It’s going to be tough, but we’ve done well recently and hopefully we can build on it.”

Victory for Newmarket would see them advance into the third round of the national competition for the first time since the 2007/08 season.

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