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Vice captain Jordan Newnes backs Newmarket to pull away from trouble in East Men's League Division Three North East

Jordan Newnes believes that Newmarket can pull away from a relegation battle in East Men’s League Division Three North East, writes Alex Moss.

CONFIDENT: Jordan Newnes believes Newmarket can pull away from the bottom sides in the table
CONFIDENT: Jordan Newnes believes Newmarket can pull away from the bottom sides in the table

The Abbeycroft Leisure Centre-based side returned to action after the winter break last weekend, with a 2-2 draw at home to fellow strugglers UEA II.

Goals from Michael Skelton and new signing Ben Dykes had given Newmarket a 2-1 lead at the break, before UEA struck with two minutes to go to earn a share of the points.

The point moved Newmarket up one place in the table from ninth to eighth, yet the bottom five sides in the 12-team league are still separated by just three points.

Newmarket visit seventh-placed Norwich Dragons III on Saturday (3pm), and vice captain Newnes believes it is a game his side can win to give themselves some breathing space from the teams below them in the table.

“I think we can win it,” he said. “Leading up to the winter break we’ve just had, we won two on the bounce in the last three or four weeks.

“I think we have a squad which is capable of being in the top half of the table, but our first priority is to get the points to stay in this league.

“We should be aiming for the top half, and a lot of the games we’ve played that we’ve lost have been tight.

“Saturday was a hard one to take, but it was probably the right result.

“We probably edged the first half and they edged the second half and we conceded the equaliser with two minutes to go.”

Dykes, who scored on his debut for the club at the weekend, impressed vice captain Newnes, as his goal had helped Newmarket come back from behind to lead 2-1.

“Ben’s been out injured for a while and it was his first game back in about six months,” he said. “He’s played for Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in the past.”

  • Elsewhere, Newmarket II remain bottom of the pile in Division Four North East after losing 6-1 away at Norwich City V.

In Division Six North East (South), Newmarket III were edged out 3-2 at home by Harleston Magpies VI.

The seconds host Harleston Magpies IV on Saturday, while the thirds head to Sudbury IV at the weekend.

  • Newmarket still occupy bottom spot in East Women’s League Division Two North West, following a 4-1 reverse at Spalding.

In Division Four North West (South), Newmarket II sit well-placed in fourth after beating St Neots IV 1-0.

Meanwhile, there were differing fortunes in Division Five North West (South) for Newmarket III and Newmarket IV at the weekend.

The thirds picked up an impressive 2-0 win at third-placed St Ives IV, while the fourths were beaten 4-1 at home by title-chasers Cambridge City VI.

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