Newmarket Town looking to end winless run of derby form against Mildenhall Town
Mildenhall Town have made a habit of edging recent derby matches against Newmarket Town.
You have to go back to early September 2015 to find the last time that Newmarket triumphed in the fixture when a stoppage-time goal from Joey Abbs wrapped up a 2-1 win.
Since then Mildenhall have been unbeaten in eight meetings with their neighbours from down the A11, six of which have ended in victory.
It is often a close affair between the two, and Newmarket player-manager Michael Shinn is expecting it to be very similar when they lock horns again at the Tristel Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
“We’ve had some draws, lost on penalties and replays – the games against Mildenhall are always great,” said Shinn, who saw his side win 6-1 against lower-league Wisbech St Mary on Tuesday night.
“Even if I wasn’t Newmarket manager, the way the games are, I’d come along and watch them.
“There is always a decent atmosphere, a good crowd and I’d like to think both management teams have got a lot of respect for each other. Both groups of players know each other – all of that makes for really good games.
“Since I’ve been here they’ve been tight, but the honest answer is I don’t know why we haven’t beaten them.
“It’s one of those games that is always really tight and fine margins are the difference – we just haven’t edged those in recent years.
“I’m sure it will be a great game again and hopefully this time it will be us that comes out on top.”
Newmarket go into the game in a positive run of form, with the thrashing of Wisbech St Mary making it five wins from six in all competitions.
They have found the net on 16 occasions during that time and overall have had 15 different scorers this term.
The hope from Shinn’s perspective is that the ability to score from different areas of the pitch may prove to be the weapon that ends the derby hoodoo.
“We’ve had a good shape out of possession and one thing we do tend to do is share the goals around,” he added.
“We haven’t really got anybody that’s massive in the goalscoring charts and scored lots, but we’ve got lots of different scorers.
“We’re lucky that if a team is coming here and thinking about who they have to nullify for us not to score goals, well we’ve got five or six players that score goals from set pieces, we’ve got goals around the pitch.
“That will cause a problem for teams because usually it’s about shutting down a playmaker or a winger and that stops the threat, but we’re a bit different.
“If we keep up our recent run then they’ll have to be at it to beat us, but we’ll certainly have to be at it to beat them. They’re a very good side from one to 11 and their subs, they’re all good players.”