Eventful end to season provides victory thanks to Blake’s brace

CLOSE CALL: Mildenhall Town's Kris Thomas is mobbed by his teammates after netting in his side's 3-2 victory over Felixstowe and Walton United 3-2 at Recreation Way on Saturday
CLOSE CALL: Mildenhall Town's Kris Thomas is mobbed by his teammates after netting in his side's 3-2 victory over Felixstowe and Walton United 3-2 at Recreation Way on Saturday
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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Mildenhall Town 3

Felixstowe and

Walton United 2

An eventful end to the season at Recreation Way saw Mildenhall finally kill off 10-man Felixstowe to register their first home win of 2013.

Despite the hosts making a decent start, they found themselves behind after nine minutes when Ben Cranfield’s shot was ruled to have crossed the line despite fierce protests from goalkeeper Josh Pope.

Mildenhall recovered and, after Steve Holder poked wide from close range, Allicion Blake saw an effort blocked on the line before being brought down when sent clear on goal by Kris Thomas.

Arran Sheppard was shown red and Darryl Coakley converted the penalty.

Thomas made it 2-1 on 61 minutes with a superb individual goal, beating a defender and sprinting into the area before chipping delicately over the keeper.

That should have wrapped things up, but the plucky 10 men kept throwing players forward and equalised seven minutes later when Matt Buckle tapped home.

However, Blake had the final word with 12 minutes left, firing in after good work from Paul Jones and Thomas, although it took a final save from Pope to seal the win when Adarian Judge’s slip let in Cranfield.

Mildenhall are seventh in the table — where they finished last season — with the same number of points as 2011/12, but would drop to a final position of eighth if Stanway Rovers beat Kirkley and Pakefield by two clear goals tomorrow.

Having secured their highest ever league finish, Walsham-le-Willows lost their final match of the season 2-0 at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday and were fifth in the table before Goddy — who were a point behind the Willows — faced Haverhill Rovers in their final game last night.

Thetford Town completed their season with a 4-3 defeat at Woodbridge Town to finish second-bottom and must now await their fate through the Football Association to see if they will be relegated back to the First Division or handed a reprieve by a team leaving the division and Mundford Road being up to the required standard.

Kyle Parish bagged a brace and Valta Rocha the other as the Brecklanders surged into a 3-0 lead by the interval, but Woodbridge netted four times in the second half.

In the First Division, Team Bury — whose final game was due to take place against Downham Town last night — missed out on an automatic spot in the FA Cup next season by losing 8-2 to Braintree Town Reserves on Saturday and drawing 2-2 with Halstead Town on Tuesday.

Second-bottom Stowmarket Town lost their final match of the season, 1-0 at March Town United on Saturday.