Hall forced to settle for a share of the spoils at home

Newmarket Town v Mildenhall Town 'Ross Paterson for Newmarket and Joe Asensi for Mildenhall.'Pictures mark westley ANL-150209-100442009
Newmarket Town v Mildenhall Town 'Ross Paterson for Newmarket and Joe Asensi for Mildenhall.'Pictures mark westley ANL-150209-100442009

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

Mildenhall Town 1

Walsham-le-Willows 1

Mildenhall Town manager Dean Greygoose bemoaned his side’s failure to convert their chances after they were held to a seventh league draw of the season, at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.

Greygoose’s men fell behind to Thomas Driscoll’s first-half strike from distance, but they managed to salvage a share of the spoils after the restart thanks to Rob Ruddy, who scored his first goal for the club following his arrival from Soham Town Rangers last month.

“We don’t take our chances, simple as that. When teams score first against us, we lose our way a little bit and it takes us too long to get back on track. If we score first, nine times out of 10 we go on to win the game,” said the Mildenhall boss, a matter of days after confirmation that his team had applied for promotion to the Ryman League.

“We have to change our mind-set when we go 1-0 down because it hampers us. We were the better side, particularly during the opening 20 minutes, but we didn’t make it count.

“Last year we couldn’t seem to draw a game and this season we’ve drawn a lot, even in the cup competitions. It’s something we need to change, although I’d rather draw games than lose them.”

Mildenhall centre-back Luke Butcher saw his headed attempt cleared off the line by Nathan Clarke and Dan Brown fired wide for the hosts during the early exchanges, before Walsham’s Driscoll struck against the run of play in the 23rd minute. The midfielder beat Wayne Goddard to a loose ball 30 yards from goal and unleashed a swerving effort that flew into the top corner of a helpless Josh Pope’s net.

Buoyed by their goal, Paul Smith’s visitors then took control of proceedings, only to be pegged back five minutes after the restart having been unable to add to the scoreline.

David Cooper’s corner from the left caused confusion in the Walsham penalty area and when the ball broke kindly for Ruddy, he lashed it through a host of bodies and into the bottom corner.

The best opportunities thereafter went the way of Mildenhall and in particular striker Dan Brown, who dragged a shot from the edge of the box the wrong side of Craig Brand’s near post in the 69th minute.

He also raced clear with four minutes remaining only to shoot wide, and then deep into stoppage time his lobbed effort from debutant Richard Chadwick’s lofted pass skidded off target.

Mildenhall: Pope; Cooper, Butcher, Asensi, S Parkinson; Ruddy (Simpson, 62), J Brown, Green, L Parkinson (Enaro, 71); Goddard (Chadwick, 66), D Brown

Journal Man of the match: Joe Asensi

Attendance: 109

n Mildenhall travel to Hadleigh United on Saturday afternoon (3pm).