Returning Lakenheath manager is only looking up

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Mildenhall players celebrate a goal at FC Clacton.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Mildenhall players celebrate a goal at FC Clacton.

One of Lakenheath Football Club’s most successful managers of all time is only looking up after making a dramatic return to the club.

Kevin Sobiechowski guided the club to the Suffolk Senior Cup and runners-up spot in the league last season, but stepped down over the summer due to work commitments.

Although Saturday’s scheduled Kershaw Premier League clash at Hardwick fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, Sobiechowski had already picked up where he left off when Lakenheath thrashed Great Shelford 4-0 in his first game back in charge.

After the Great Shelford win, Sobiechowski, whose side travel to West Wratting tomorrow, said: “I’ve really missed the football and it was a brilliant performance by the lads.

“The club’s been in a bit of turmoil since I left during the summer. They’ve already had two other managers this year and for whatever reasons things haven’t worked out.

“The team is packed full of good players though and hopefully we can move up the table a bit over the next few months.”

Mildenhall Town halted a four-match winless run by kicking off the new year in style with an emphatic victory at FC Clacton on Saturday.

Town headed into the new year following back-to-back away defeats and void of any festive cheer after they slipped to losses at Hadleigh United and Norwich United.

However, those difficulties were put well and truly behind them at the Rush Green Bowl with a devastating first-half display as they wrapped up victory in the opening 45 minutes, thanks in main to a hat-trick from Dan Brown.

The second-half failed to match the excitement of the first and despite Mildenhall calling home goalkeeper Fowler into action a number of times, they could not add to their tally.

Town built on the victory on Tuesday as they progressed in the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup with a 4-1 win over King’s Lynn Town Reserves. Hall were three goals to the good at the break thanks to Joseph Allen and a brace from Green, while David Cooper added a fourth goal after the restart.

Dean Greygoose’s men will now take on Long Melford at Stoneylands later this month for a place in the semi-finals, while tomorrow they travel to Haverhill Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

Walmer Road was the place to be for entertainment in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, where Kirkley & Pakefield played out an eight-goal thriller with Thetford Town.

Thetford surged into a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals in the opening three minutes through Shaun Hunsdon and Robbie Priddle.

Although Kirkley pulled one back, a long-range free-kick from Ryan Pearson restored Thetford’s two-goal advantage.

The hosts pulled it back to 3-3 in the second half, only for The Brecklanders to take the lead again through Ian Fancett in the 78th minute.

Just as Thetford thought they would claim all three points, Ross King’s second goal of the afternoon saw Kirkley claim a share of the spoils.

“I’m disappointed not to have come home with the three points,” said Thetford boss Danny White after the game.

Thetford handed a debut to defender Andrew Cusack, signed from Norwich United on New Year’s Eve, and he was involved in one of the goals.

The Brecklanders are in Norfolk Senior Cup action at Gorleston tomorrow.

Walsham le Willows, who were denied by a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Gorleston, travel to Long Melford tomorrow.

In Division One tomorrow, Needham Market Reserves, who were on the wrong end of a 9-0 hammering at Yarmouth Town at the weekend, entertain March Town United.

Stowmarket host Team Bury in another local clash.