THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Haverhill Rovers 0
Mildenhall Town 1
Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose is confident his side are now a different animal after making a flying start to 2016 — and has warned one of their league rivals will soon be on the end of a hiding.
The Hall boss toasted a second 1-0 victory at the club that sacked him, Haverhill Rovers, on Saturday as Sam Parkinson’s 64th minute thunderbolt saw them repeat their FA Cup result from August and made it two league wins from two and three from three in all competitions in 2016.
And with former Godmanchester Rovers striker Ben Yeomans, who scored 10 goals from 34 games as Goddy finished second last season and five in 19 appearance this term, bolstering their firepower after making his debut from the bench Saturday, Greygoose believes it is only a matter of time before they cut loose.
“It was awful conditions but one thing we had not done this season was win scappily; when we’ve won we’ve dominated games and took them to the cleaners but only won 1-0 or 2-0.
“We will batter someone though.”
Hall (9th), host arguably the division’s surprise package on Saturday in Long Melford (6th) (3pm).
Greygoose was soon to be thankful for bringing Sam Parkinson, an ex-Rovers player in his time there, back in at full-back for Joe Asensi (hamstring), who was named on the bench.
The pitch only just passed a morning pitch inspection and it was soon cutting up as both sides struggled to play attractive football.
Mildenhall’s Dan Brown looked lively early on while Tyler Kemp almost pulled off an audacious opener for the hosts when his long-range effort had Josh Pope grateful to see it dip over his crossbar when back-pedalling.
The referee, Phil Crossland, came in for heavy criticism from the home fans when he let an apparent elbow by Brown which saw Hunt go to ground clutching his face go without punishment, choosing instead to talk to both captains before showing a yellow card to Rovers’ Leon Bailey moments later for a rash cahllenge on Gareth Simpson.
Hall began to impose themselves more as an attacking unit and went close through Luke Butcher’s header, while Rovers, who had been largely on the backfoot, registered the game’s first shot on target, with Ryan Weaver’s drilled effort having been straight at Pope.
The second half saw the ball become bogged down in a midfield battle as both sides struggled to get any meaningful attacks going on a gluepot of a pitch.
But the breakthrough, when it came after the hour mark, was worth waiting for as an attack down the right-hand side saw the ball come across the area for Parkinson to collect, steady himself and arrow into the top corner with his weaker right foot.
Hall struggled to cut loose after taking the lead though and the game remained on a knife-edge as both sides replaced tired legs looking for a spark to re-ignite the match.
The hosts came the closest with one of those players, Ollie Stevenson, scooping the ball over the crossbar under pressure from the on-rushing Pope in the 93rd minute after Weaver’s cute ball had threaded him through on goal.
Mildenhall: Pope, J Brown, S Parkinson, Butcher, Ruddy, Simpson, Enaro, Green, Cooper, D Brown (MOTM), Harvey.
Referee: P Crossland. Attendance: 111