Depleted Mildenhall Town side overcome lacklustre Willows

CRUCIAL STRIKE: James Paterson, who reasserted Mildenhall Town's control by firing them back in front against Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday

CRUCIAL STRIKE: James Paterson, who reasserted Mildenhall Town's control by firing them back in front against Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday

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Despite being without several players through injury again, Hall — who host Diss Town tomorrow (3pm) — were able to overcome the 20th-minute loss of David Cooper to introduce match-winner Attwood.

Walsham — who entertain Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow (3pm) — went into the match on the back of impressive wins over Haverhill Rovers and Godmanchester Rovers, but produced a lacklustre display at Summer Road.

The returning Ben Coe had an early header cleared off the line by Trevor Newman before Cooper limped off to be replaced by Attwood.

Mildenhall burst the game into life after 24 minutes when a superb move down the left ended with Ricky Cornish crossing for Alex Steed, whose header was blocked on the line before Attwood pounced.

The lead was short-lived though, as straight from the restart, Chris McLaughlin evaded Steed and Adarian Judge before finding Jack Brame with a pass and the diminutive winger managed to poke the ball past the onrushing Josh Pope to score.

Walsham took control until the break, but Hall went the closest to scoring again in the first half when a good free-kick from Cornish was headed goalwards by Dave Werthmann, but cleared off the line by Matt Morton.

When Town switched to a 4-3-3 formation for the second period, they became far more threatening and restored their lead on the hour-mark.

A Coe cross was only half-cleared and James Paterson volleyed into the bottom corner.

Coe should have made the game safe three minutes later, but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Duncan McAnally.

The Willows applied pressure after that to try and get back into the game, with Andrew Wood heading wide his side’s only clear-cut chance, but they were caught on the counter-attack when Richard Logan chipped the ball through for Attwood to round Duncan McAnally and seal victory.

n In the Red Insure Cup first round, goals from Attwood, Werthmann and Logan helped Mildenhall defeat First Division outfit Downham Town 3-1 and Walsham overcame another First Division side in Braintree Town Reserves 6-2 on Wednesday, with Wood (two), Brame, McLaughlin, Andrew Cusack and Tom Agricole on target.

n Walsham-le-Willows Reserves lost their unbeaten record in the Thurlow Nunn League Reserve Premier Division at their counterparts from Witham Town on Saturday, despite taking a 10th-minute lead through Ben Virtue’s header.

Walsham defeated Diss the previous Wednesday with goals from Luke Austin (three), James Tatham and Paul Musgrove.