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Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn urges players to learn from 'reality check' of thrashing to Lakenheath




Player-manager Michael Shinn has described Tuesday’s 6-0 home hammering at the hands of Lakenheath as a ‘reality check’ for his Newmarket Town players.

The visit of Heath, who were without victory from their last eight outings, provided the Jockeys with the chance to bounce back from the weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Norwich United – their first league loss of the season after six straight wins.

However, they were second best throughout as the rampant away side scored three times without reply in either half on a night that both sides are likely to remember for a while – just for very different reasons.

Michael Shinn believes last night's defeat was a 'reality check' for his Newmarket players. Picture: Mark Westley
Michael Shinn believes last night's defeat was a 'reality check' for his Newmarket players. Picture: Mark Westley

“Lakenheath absolutely dominated us in all areas,” said Shinn. “It was what it was and sometimes football serves up nights like this.

“They were much better than us in both boxes and they had a greater desire to go and win the ball.

“We’ve got ability in the dressing room, but if the desire is not there, it doesn’t matter.

“At the same time I don’t want to be too hard on the boys because they’ve done well to this point.

“Maybe a few have decided to take their foot off the pedal a little bit, but we cannot allow people to do that – this is the reality check for that.

“Hopefully it’s just one of those nights rather than alarm bells. We’ve got a good side, now they need to show it again.”

Newmarket will now look to bounce back on Saturday when table-topping Wroxham – who themselves lost their own winning start to the season at the weekend to Mildenhall – will be their visitors (3pm).

Shinn said: “They’re going to be a very good footballing side with pace going forward.

“Those are two things that have caused us problems tonight, but that’s not happened to us much since I’ve been in charge.

“We have to dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”

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