Mildenhall need to rediscover scoring touch ahead of cup semi
Mildenhall Town manager Dean Greygoose has conceded his side must regain their clinical touch if they are to book their place in the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup final for a second year running.
Hall, who beat Norwich United 2-1 to win the competition in May 2016, host Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday in the last four (7.45pm).
They go into the tie having scored only scored three times in their previous five outings in all competitions — a statistic that has coincided with the table-toppers going four league matches without a win.
Speaking after Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Ipswich Wanderers, during which defender Rob Ruddy was on target for Hall, Greygoose said: “We need a scruffy goal or two just to help us get back on track.
“It is the wrong time for four or five of our attacking players to have lost their touch in front of goal.
“It will come, I am confident of that. The players are too good for this to keep continuing.
“The lads just need to start relaxing in front of goal like they were earlier in the season.”
“Haverhill were quite defensive in the two games we played them this season (Hall won both), but that was because we forced them to be by playing on the front foot.
“Hopefully we can get an early goal because that will boost confidence.”
Before the Haverhill encounter, Greygoose’s team will look to arrest their league slump on Saturday with a trip to Saffron Walden Town (3pm).
The teams met at Recreation Way at the start of the month, when Walden ran out 2-1 victors, while the Essex outfit also prospered in the Emirates FA Cup tie between the pair in August.
Striker Chris Bacon will miss both encounters due to suspension.
n Meanwhile, Mildenhall’s home league game against fellow title challengers from Gorleston has been moved to Tuesday, March 14 (7.45pm).
n After Andrew Wood was on target during Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Felixstowe & Walton United, Walsham-le-Willows boosted their survival chances by beating Kirkley & Pakefield 1-0 at home on Wednesday evening.
The win, which lifted Walsham up to 16th, came courtesy of Ryan Gibbs’ goal.
Paul Smith’s charges are without a fixture this weekend, before returning to action on Saturday, March 4, when Mildenhall will be their visitors (3pm).
n After a defeat at Gorleston last time out, seventh-placed Thetford Town got back on track on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at Wivenhoe Town.
The only goal of the game came in the 43rd minute through Ryan Fuller.
The Brecklanders, who have collected 14 more points this term than they picked up during the whole of last season when only a reprieve saved them from relegation, will welcome struggling FC Clacton to Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm).