PICTURES, report and reaction: Newmarket Town’s winning streak at home goes on with 5-1 win over Walsham-le-Willows
Newmarket Town boss Michael Shinn is not worried about the what-ifs for his Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side after dismantling Walsham-le-Willows with five second-half goals on Saturday.
After finding themselves a goal down against the run of play in the first half, The Jockeys produced a phenomenal second half performance to blow their visitors apart with goals from Ross Paterson, Scott Paterson, James Seymour, Jack Watson and a first senior goal for youngster Ben Landshoff.
It saw Walsham manager Fergus O’Callaghan suffer his first defeat in the dugout while Newmarket maintained their unbeaten home run.
The Jockeys have won seven and drawn one of their home encounters in the league this term ahead of hosting Godmanchester Rovers this Saturday (3pm) in back-to-back home matches, unbeaten – home or away – in six in the league.
Their home record is not one Shinn is particularly concerned about, as the player-boss focuses on the team currently averaging more than two points a game.
He said: “I said to the boys a few weeks ago ‘we’re allowed to lose’ – not many teams go through a whole season unbeaten at home after all.
“There will come a point where we probably will lose at home and then it will be about how we react.
“But, at the minute, we want to just keep going, we’re averaging just over two points which is very good.
“Godmanchester at home next and that’s always a difficult game. They’re a very good side – it’s a big test.
“But we really enjoy playing at home; our home form should be good – we train on it, we play on it and it should be an advantage."
He added: “And that seems to help, it’s nice that people think I make a difference and I do enjoy playing, but on the back of last week not being there and the boys putting in an unbelievable performance to come from behind (to beat Haverhill Rovers 4-3), there was no way that I was going to start.
“We’ve still got players to come back too, so hopefully we will get stronger, we’re not relying on me playing. And then see where that takes us, it’s a big improvement on where we were this time last year.
“It’s blindingly obvious we’ve got in two or three more experienced players that are making a big difference. We’re moving in the right direction.”
Despite Newmarket pressure on the Walsham goal in the first 45, it was the visitors who scored in the 40th minute; Craig Jennings with a deft touch from a tight angle.
Newmarket found their rhythm an hour in, with Ross Paterson scoring from a well-worked fluid attack.
James Seymour quickly doubled the score on 62 minutes, completing a goalbound cross from Shinn on the left wing.
Walsham had a header cleared off the line in the 65th minute but the next goal came from a 70th minute penalty for Newmarket, captain Jack Watson converting well.
Goal four came four minutes later, Scott Paterson causing chaos in attack as Walsham struggled to contain Newmarket.
Ben Landshoff wrapped up the thrashing with a fifth goal in the 84th minute, a well-controlled tap in for his first senior goal.
Newmarket: Archer, Whiting (Shinn 45’), Kicks, Bennett, Seymour, J Robinson, B Robinson, Watson (c), Foster (S Paterson 45’), R Paterson, Chandler (Landshoff 76’). Attendance: 133
Journal Man of the Match: Michael Shinn – changed the game with his introduction to the field at half-time.