Allicion Blake has set himself an ambitious target of 20 goals before the end of the season after scoring on his Mildenhall Town debut.
The former Ipswich Town trainee, who was released by Bury Town last week after netting seven goals in 27 games for the Ryman Premier club this season, bagged the equaliser in title-chasing Hall’s 1-1 draw at Gorleston on Saturday.
And Blake is looking to add another 19 to his tally — starting at home to Haverhill Rovers tomorrow (3pm) — in the Recreation Way outfit’s final 13 matches of the season.
“Having just left Bury, I wanted to get my head down and play the best that I can,” said Blake. “I’m a proven goalscorer in the Thurlow Nunn League, so going in there and scoring on my debut was awesome.
“One of the main reasons I wanted to join Mildenhall was because they are near the top of the table and have an excellent goals-to-games ratio.
“I want to hit 20 goals before the end of the season and I am one out of one so far.”
Blake and his new team-mates — featuring prolific goalscorers Andrew Wood and Kris Thomas — will also have another go at visiting Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday (7.45pm) after last week’s scheduled clash between the two was postponed 25 minutes before kick-off.
Reflecting on his time with Bury — where he played with current Mildenhall team-mate Dan Hitching — Blake believes a mixture of injuries and being cup-tied for the FA Cup led to limited chances with the Blues.
“I do still think I’m better than a lot of players at the club, but having a chance to prove it is a different matter,” he said.
Mildenhall will be without James Paterson (broken ribs) for this week’s matches, but Thomas and Steve Holder both stepped up their recoveries from injury by coming off the bench at Gorleston on Saturday.
Meanwhile, fellow title rivals Walsham-le-Willows host struggling Woodbridge Town tomorrow (3pm) before a really important run of matches.
Paul Smith’s men ended a three-game winless run by coming from 2-1 down to defeat Kirkley and Pakefield on Saturday.
After veteran striker Stuart Jopling opened the scoring for Walsham, they found themselves 2-1 down at the break.
However, a free-kick from Paul Musgrove levelled matters and Jack Brame’s late header completed the turnaround.
“It would be good to get a win on Saturday because we’ve then got Ely away and then all the big boys,” said Walsham boss Smith, whose side take on title rivals Wisbech Town, Hadleigh United, Mildenhall Town and Gorleston in a busy March.
“If we are still in the mix with five games to go, you don’t know what could happen,” added Smith, whose fourth-placed side have played more games than all those around them.
Captain James Tatham is set to miss the next few weeks after suffering a groin injury in training, but left-back Andrew Cusack is due to return from illness.