THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Mildenhall Town 3
Newmarket Town 1
Dean Greygoose was unimpressed with Mildenhall Town’s performance despite a 3-1 victory over rivals Newmarket Town on Saturday.
A Ben Yeomans strike, sandwiched between a Chris Bacon brace, did the damage for the hosts, who had been without a win at Recreation Way since January 30.
However, despite the positive result that lifted his men up to fifth, Greygoose admitted he was dissatisfied with the overall display.
“We can play a lot better than that. I am an ex-keeper and I like clean sheets. It has been about seven games now since we kept one,” he said.
“We dropped our standards a little bit. We did not pass and move the ball quickly enough.
“It is a win without playing well, which is a good sign. But I am just disappointed. It was a local derby, a decent crowd and that is not how we play.”
It took 12 minutes for Bacon to mark his new Mildenhall contract, which he signed during the week, with the game’s opening goal.
Having found Kelvin Enaro out wide with a lofted pass, the centre-forward carried his run on into the penalty area, where he volleyed past Dan Heath.
Bacon then turned provider for Mildenhall’s second goal seven minutes after the restart. The Newmarket defence were left appealing for an offside flag that never came as Bacon sprinted clear and when he centred the ball, Yeomans was on hand to head in from close range.
To the away side’s credit, they responded to falling further behind with their best spell of the game and were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Deakan Napier capitalised on some slack Mildenhall defending to lob the ball over goalkeeper Josh Pope and inside the far post.
Then, with an equalising goal in their sights, Newmarket started to commit more men forward and that risk proved to be their downfall 12 minutes from time.
Substitute Dan Brown drove towards the left byline, from where he curled in a low cross that an unmarked Bacon sent high into the roof of the goal.
In contrast to his opposite number, Newmarket boss Kevin Grainger was in upbeat mood.
A trimmed playing budget has seen Grainger’s squad change dramatically of late, with a number of youngsters given an opportunity to impress following some senior departures.
“We were in the game all the way through. The linesman got a massive decision wrong which killed us a bit, but we got back into it,” he said.
“We had some young kids in, that was their full side and we were only two goals behind it. I have got no complaints.
“We have lost so many players this season. I could have gone out and got new players, but why would I do that when I have got some good young players here?”
Mildenhall Town: Pope, S Parkinson (Ruddy), Asensi, Butcher, J Brown, Cooper, Green, Simpson, Enaro (L Parkinson), Bacon, Yeomans (D Brown).
Newmarket Town: Heath, Betson, Ball, Goddard, Dalby, Wayne, Thurlbourne (Morton), Snaith, Napier, Chadwick (Conway), Parnell.