THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Mildenhall Town 4
Brantham Athletic 1
Mildenhall Town warmed up for tomorrow’s FA Cup first qualifying round tie at Witham Town with a ruthless display to thrash Brantham Athletic.
Hall had lost to Saturday’s visitors six times from six matches over the past two seasons, but a spectacular opener from Allicion Blake was added to by an own goal and Ben Coe’s first two goals for the club.
The left winger, who moved up four leagues when he was plucked from Anglian Combination Division Two outfit Mundford in the summer, is now confident of dispatching Ryman League Division One North high-flyers Witham Town in the world’s oldest and most famous domestic cup competition tomorrow (3pm).
“If we play the best we can, they won’t be any trouble whatsoever,” said Coe. “We’ve just got to come out the gates quickly and be as good as we can.”
The Recreation Way-based outfit have also been enjoying added exposure from their cup run, becoming BT Sport’s adopted team after knocking out Clapton in the preliminary round.
The television company were due to visit Hall at training this week and again at the match tomorrow for segments online and on TV.
Backed by a vocal group of youngsters from the new stand, Mildenhall — who made one enforced change with Aaron Turner replacing the injured Steve Holder — showed just how clinical they are during Saturday’s triumph over Brantham.
Home custodian Josh Pope saved one-on-one from Lee Grimwood and Ed Wootten in similar circumstances from Turner at the other end.
Allicion Blake somehow struck the post from just a yard, before Athletic’s Simon Mann was denied by Dave Werthmann’s block after Grimwood had worked his way around Pope.
Blake was much more effective from 25 yards as he sent a stunning lob arcing over Wootten and into the back of the net to give the hosts a 37th-minute lead.
Three minutes laterBlake, Paterson and Turner combined for Coe to double Hall’s advantage, but Marc Lowe headed Brantham back into the match on the stroke of half-time.
Any thoughts of a comeback were put to bed inside 11 minutes of the second half as Jack Sibbons sliced into his own net and then got in a muddle with Wootten that allowed Coe to nip in and double his tally.
“I’m delighted,” added Coe. “I needed those goals to be fair.
“I’ve had quite a few assists, but I fancied a goal and I got two.
“We’re doing quite well now and that was another three points — we’ve just got to keep winning.”
Mildenhall: Pope, Cooper, Cornish (Hitching 74), Steed, Harvey, Werthmann, Paterson, Nurse, Blake (Jones 70), Turner (Judge 85), Coe. Sub not used: Holder.