Player-manager Michael Shinn hopeful break has helped his Newmarket Town players
Newmarket Town player-manager Michael Shinn is hoping that recent postponements will have allowed the ‘dust to settle’ on his side’s recent poor run.
The Jockeys have lost their last three matches in all competitions – including a home defeat to lower-league March Town United in the semi-finals of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup.
Storm Dennis – and its after effects – robbed Newmarket of the chance to put those wrongs right at Gorleston on Saturday and at neighbouring Mildenhall Town 72 hours later, but Shinn believes that a period of reflection could end up having a positive impact.
“It lets the dust settle on recent performances,” he said. “We have been able to regroup, get some good training done and then move on.
“Looking back at the last few results, if those defeats had been spread over a block of the last 15 or 18 games, then it would not have been as much of an issue as it has felt.
“This little break has given us a good chance to reflect on where we are and what we are doing.
“We always want to play but looking at the bigger picture it is not the end of the world in this situation.”
While there was always little chance of the weekend trip to Gorleston getting the green light, it did appear that the derby at Mildenhall was going to go ahead.
However, a sudden early-evening downpour left puddles on the Recreation Way pitch and while the referee did indicate that play may have been possible, the two managers felt it was best for all concerned to postpone the fixture.
“The referee was keen to get it on, but me and Ricky (Cornish, Mildenhall manager) felt the standard of game that would be produced would be poor,” added Shinn.
“The forecast showed that more rain was coming and ultimately we are not the ones that will have to put the pitch back together for their first team, reserves and under-18s.
“The risk of injury is also much higher because the surface was very slippery.
“Also, the three times we have played Mildenhall this season (in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and FA Vase), all of them have been good games to watch and play in.
“We will come back in a month or so and hopefully it will be another one to add to the other good games.”
Third-placed Newmarket will be back in action (weather permitting) on Saturday when the travel to Woodbridge Town (3pm).
The Woodpeckers, who are ninth, beat Newmarket 3-1 in the reverse fixture just two weeks ago.
“We did not really turn up in that game,” said Shinn, who will be without the suspended Joe Robinson at Notcutts Park.
“It is a game we need to get something from at this stage of the season, especially with the table the way it is.”