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Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn reflects on chaotic opening day draw with Ipswich Wanderers



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‘Chaos’ – that is how player-manager Michael Shinn described Newmarket Town’s opening day 3-3 draw at home against Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday.

After taking the lead early on through Lewis Whitehead and seeing the opposition’s goalkeeper red carded, the Jockeys surprisingly went into the break 3-1 down.

Another red card in the second half reduced Wanderers to nine men and the hosting Jockeys, who saw Lewis Whitehead fail to convert a penalty after the restart, eventually made their numerical advantage count via goals from Ben Robinson and debutant Joe Asensi.

There was a number of flashpoints during Saturday's match at the Tristel Stadium. Picture: Richard Marsham
There was a number of flashpoints during Saturday's match at the Tristel Stadium. Picture: Richard Marsham

Newmarket also had midfielder Sam Gomarsall leave the action with a broken nose and fractured eye socket, while the match official seemingly struggled to keep control of a contest that threatened to boil over on occasions.

Shinn said: “We had six players unavailable and there was some important players in that group so when I saw the squad Ipswich were bringing I’d have taken a point before kick off.

“I was happy with the result but to be honest it’s a difficult game to analyse – it was just chaos.

Newmarket striker Lewis Whitehead celebrates his early goal. Picture: Richard Marsham
Newmarket striker Lewis Whitehead celebrates his early goal. Picture: Richard Marsham

“I’m not blaming the Ipswich players for pushing the boundaries because I’ve done that all my playing career, but the referee didn’t have control.

“One of our lads (Gomarsall) has got a really nasty injury and all we got was a drop ball and another of our lads got his head trodden on.

“Even their goalkeeper getting sent off – I know it benefited us but Lewis (Whitehead) has toed the ball towards the corner flag. It was a booking and had it been my goalie I wouldn’t have been overly happy.

“Like I say you can’t analyse or look too much into a game like that. It was chaos from start to finish.”

Youngster Kacper Brzozowec looks to play a pass. Picture: Richard Marsham
Youngster Kacper Brzozowec looks to play a pass. Picture: Richard Marsham

Shinn will be hoping Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie at Eynesbury Rovers (3pm)will prove to be much more of a straightforward affair for his team.

Rovers had a busy summer in terms of recruitment, which included the addition of former Newmarket defender Max York.

He scored in last weekend’s Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South opener at home to G.N.G Oadby Town but that was not enough to prevent Rovers from losing 4-2.

“We conceded three at the weekend and they conceded four so it will probably be a 0-0,” joked Shinn.

Newmarket's Joe Robinson challenges for the ball in the Ipswich Wanderers box. Picture: Richard Marsham
Newmarket's Joe Robinson challenges for the ball in the Ipswich Wanderers box. Picture: Richard Marsham

“It’s always exciting when the FA Cup comes around, especially when you’ve got an away trip.

“I don’t know much about them but they made a lot of changes in the summer and it’s meant to be a decent ground.

“Hopefully we can get through at least a couple of rounds, earn the club some money and build some momentum.”

Captain James Seymour, midfielder Joe Bennett and summer signing Matt Green are all set to be involved after missing the Wanderers encounter.