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Newmarket Town begin new Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division campaign with three points from six

Player-manager Michael Shinn is relatively pleased with how his Newmarket Town side have started the new Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season.

A failure to make the most of their chances was a leading factor behind the 2-1 defeat at Stanway Rovers on the opening day, but the Jockeys put that behind them on Tuesday with a 4-1 triumph at the expense of Long Melford.

Shinn said: “We performed well at Stanway. Sometimes first games of the season can be a bit cagey but we got at them early on.

Mark Lovell, James Seymour and Ben Robinson
Mark Lovell, James Seymour and Ben Robinson

“At 1-1 we have hit the post and their goalkeeper has made a couple of good saves and then they go up the other end and win it.

“But I did not come away from it too disappointed because the performance was good.

“We probably played better against Stanway than we did against Melford but we took our opportunities. It was pleasing to see us create a number of chances.

“Melford caused us a few problems and maybe the scoreline flattered us a little bit, but it is great to have got the first win and now we can start to build some momentum.”

Ben Robinson scored the goal in the defeat at Stanway and the former Cambridge City player was also on target three days later in the Melford victory.

Captain Jack Watson netted from the penalty spot, with summer signings James Seymour and Mark Lovell completing the scoring for Shinn’s team.

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