Grainger and the Jockeys look to make it into another cup final with victory over Lowestoft
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Newmarket Town manager Kevin Grainger will be telling his players to ‘go out and enjoy it’ in the club’s first semi-final appearance for more than a decade in the Suffolk FA Premier Cup, sponsored by Omni Freight Services Ltd.
The Jockeys, who last reached the semi-final in 2006-07 when they lost 3-1 to Leiston, line-up against Lowestoft Town in the last four at Needham Market FC tomorrow night, kick-off 7.45pm.
Ryman League Premier Division Lowestoft enter the tie as firm favourites to progress through to the final against a Newmarket side who play two steps lower but are enjoying a fine season in the Thurlow Nunn League.
The Jockeys are through to the Thurlow Nunn League Cup Final and currently occupy third place in the table, although they suffered a surprise 4-2 loss at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.
Grainger said: “It is a big game for us. We have done really well in the league this season up until on Saturday when we lost in a poor game, so we will put that on the back burner.
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“We are in one cup final already and we would love to make it two.”
Grainger, who has already said he hopes the Trawlerboys field a strong side, added: “As a team you want to play against higher league opposition to test yourselves and see how you get on.
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“We have got some good players who have played at a higher level themselves like Jamie Thurlbourne, who was at Spalding United, and Paul Betson, when he was at AFC Sudbury, who can step up, but we have got to see if we do that as a unit.
“We will tell the players to go out and enjoy it, as when we enjoy it we play our best football.
“We are really looking forward to it. It is the best draw for us. It is a one-off game and anything can happen.”
Newmarket will be without the injured Scott Paterson and Simon Swinton, who is ineligible.