Mildenhall make a swoop for highly-rated Lakenheath duo

GOAL MACHINE: Mildenhall Town's new signing Matt Hayden, pictured playing in last season's Suffolk Senior Cup final, where he scored a hat-trick to help Lakenheath beat Ipswich Valley Rangers 7-0
GOAL MACHINE: Mildenhall Town's new signing Matt Hayden, pictured playing in last season's Suffolk Senior Cup final, where he scored a hat-trick to help Lakenheath beat Ipswich Valley Rangers 7-0
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Dean Greygoose believes the new arrivals of Lakenheath strike partners Matt Hayden and Luke Catchpole will provide plenty of goals next season.

The Mildenhall Town manager announced the signings of both strikers, along with former Soham Town Rangers defender Joe Asensi, following their pre-season friendly against Bury Town on Tuesday night.

Greygoose also confirmed the return of teenage midfielder Harrison Ford from Needham Market Reserves to the club, completing a quartet of new arrivals to Recreation Way this week.

“Luke and Matt both scored in the friendly on Tuesday and looked like they had been playing for Mildenhall for years,” Greygoose said.

“Matt only had one training session with us before the game, and Luke had two, but both clicked straight away.

“They can both play and are still quite young, Matt’s 22 and Luke is 25. They’re hungry to get better.”

Hayden was Lakenheath’s top goalscorer with 40 goals in 34 appearances, while Catchpole struck 25 times in 33 games to help them finish runners-up in the Kershaw Premier and win the Suffolk Senior Cup for the first time last season.

After seeing their first scheduled friendly against Hardwick on Saturday cancelled, Greygoose’s men finally started their pre-season friendlies against Ryman League Division One North Bury on Tuesday.

Goals from new signings Hayden and Catchpole gave Mildenhall a 2-1 win, with Greygoose’s side set to test themselves against higher level opposition again when Soham Town Rangers visit tonight (7.45pm).

“Results are irrelevant in pre-season but I was really pleased with how we played,” said the Mildenhall boss, who is also preparing his squad for a home friendly against Histon on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Everyone did well. I don’t want to pick anyone out in particular as they all showed me they can play for Mildenhall Town.

With the upcoming Thurlow Nunn League season now only three weeks away, Greygoose admitted he is still hoping to bring in a couple more players before their season opener at Ipswich Wanderers on August 8.

“We’re still being pro-active and are looking to sign another two players.

“We had 21 players on Tuesday and fielded nearly two completely different teams,” he said.

“There are lots of games at the start of the season, so how well we do in the cups will help determine how big a squad we decide to have.”

n Stowmarket Town continue their pre-season preparations with the visit of Suffolk and Ipswich League’s Ipswich Valley Rangers to Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm).

Ahead of their latest friendly, the Old Gold and Blacks have been boosted by the news that long-serving winger, Ben Licence, has re-signed for next season.