The game against Fakenham Town at the Ridgeons Stadium Stadium on Saturday got off to an explosive start when the Ghosts’ centre back, Lewis Sturman was sent off in the third minute for stamping on the foot of Austen Diaper. However the ten men from Norfolk quickly regrouped to keep the Jockeys at bay in the early stages of the game. In fact it was the visitors who had the first real chance to score when Joel Glover hit a ruthless shot which hit the post and bounced out in the thirteenth minute. Four minutes later Jamie Thurlbourne hit an equally fierce shot which deflected off a defender into the path of Jordan Foster who cleverly scored the opening goal of the match.
Midway through the half Joel Glover unleashed another tremendous shot which Ben Nower in the Newmarket goal saved in superb fashion. With five minutes remaining before half time the Jockeys doubled their lead when a Jamie Thurlbourne corner found James Seymour at the back post and he firmly headed the ball into the net. Fakenham however reduced the deficit in the dying seconds of the half when Danny Williams hit a great shot to make the half time score Jockeys 2 Fakenham 1
The visitors defended stoutly again in the second half and Lewis Whitehead, Jamie Thurlbourne and Austen Diaper both were all denied several scoring opportunities. The crowd were kept on the edge of their seats as the Ghosts threatened to score a breakaway goal against the run of play. However in the final ten minutes Newmarket went into overdrive and absolutely peppered the visitor’s goalkeeper with shots. Lewis Whitehead finally made sure of all three points with a great goal in the dying minutes of the game. Final Score Newmarket Town 3 Fakenham Town 1
Newmarket Town included their new signing from St Neots Town FC in their starting lineup for this game . Charlie Day is a product of the very successful Histon Scholarship. He played in more than 50 games for Histon’s first team and over 100 games for Cambridge City in the Southern League before joining St Neots at the end of last year. He failed to settle at St Neots and Newmarket boss Kevin Grainger snapped him up for the Jockeys on Friday evening. Charlie made a very encouraging start to his Newmarket career playing really well alongside the ever consistent Jack Watson in midfield. The Jockeys now go on to play arguably one of their most important games of the season when they travel to Gorleston on Tuesday evening in the semi-final of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup.
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