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Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn believes his players can learn some valuable lessons from their semi-final conquerors Ely City.

There was not much between the two sides at the Demcom Stadium on Tuesday, but a goal in either half from Ryan Gibbs and Luke Young secured Ely’s place in the final of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup in three weeks’ time.

And Shinn, who saw his side draw 1-1 with Mulbarton Wanderers on Saturday, feels there is a lot to admire about the Robins’ collective spirit.

Michael Shinn believes his players need to adopt certain aspects of Ely's game. Picture: Mark Westley
Michael Shinn believes his players need to adopt certain aspects of Ely's game. Picture: Mark Westley

“Ely this season, as a whole, have had the better of us. They’ve beaten us twice and we’ve had a draw,” he said. “I think we can learn an awful lot from the way Ely play and the way they set themselves up.

“They work extremely hard for each other, they seem to win almost every second ball and compete for everything. Maybe sometimes we don’t value all of that as a team.

“We did better in the second half when we left our egos in the dressing room and started to go a bit more direct, looking to unsettle them and force an error.

Jack Whiting looks to make some inroads on Tuesday evening. Picture: Mark Westley
Jack Whiting looks to make some inroads on Tuesday evening. Picture: Mark Westley

“But that real cutting edge in both boxes has probably let us down.”

Sitting ninth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with 10 games remaining, the danger now could be that players begin to ease up with seemingly not much left to play for.

However, with an eye on next term, Shinn has stressed the need to keep going.

He added: “I said that a lot of this season hinged on this result, but as a team, if we want to be successful then we have to keep going.

Goalkeeper Alex Archer and team-mate James Chivers collide. Picture: Mark Westley
Goalkeeper Alex Archer and team-mate James Chivers collide. Picture: Mark Westley

“We need to show that every performance and every match really matters. We’ve got an enormous amount of quality in the dressing room, but we need to show it.

“We’ve got to show that drive and determination to get results because that will set us up well going into the summer and next season.

“I’d be really disappointed if the group felt like the rest of the season didn’t matter but I don’t think they will because I’ve got some good characters in there.”

Newmarket travel to Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday (3pm) and Brantham Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm).