Last-minute penalty denies Mildenhall derby point

DERBY DUEL: Newmarket's Ross Paterson (left) battles with Mildenhall's Joe Asensi for possession on Tuesday
DERBY DUEL: Newmarket's Ross Paterson (left) battles with Mildenhall's Joe Asensi for possession on Tuesday

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Newmarket Town 2

Mildenhall Town 1

Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose believed the effort the team had put into Saturday’s FA Cup win contributed to his side’s slow start in the 2-1 derby defeat at Newmarket Town on Tuesday.

Hall pulled off one of the results of the preliminary round on Saturday by knocking higher-league Soham Town Rangers out of the FA Cup after a fantastic 5-2 home win with a brace from winger Kelvin Enaro and strikes from Luke Catchpole, Luke Parkinson and David Cooper.

But they will continue to search for their first away league point when they travel to Kirkley and Pakefield tomorrow (3pm) after losing out in what proved to be a tight and thrilling affair on Tuesday where all three goals came from the penalty spot, the winner cruelly coming in the 90th minute.

“I am happy with the second half, that’s the way football goes sometimes,” said Greygoose. “For a brand new team we are doing well and managed to match Newmarket who are an established team.

“The win at the weekend was terrific and the boys are getting better and better.

“At home we get a good crowd, but away the atmosphere is different and we need to adapt.”

Tuesday’s deadlock was broken in the 28th minute when Mildenhall captain Cooper handled a pass by Scott Paterson in the box, with Joey Abbs coolly slotting home.

Hall started the second half much the brighter and heaped the pressure on the Jockeys’ defence. Mildenhall’s Parkinson was proving to be a tricky opponent but his efforts on goal were met by outstanding saves from George Lawton.

In the 82nd minute a mistake by Will Lawton allowed the Mildenhall attack through and a suspect challenge was deemed by the referee to be a foul, with Cooper stroking the resultant kick into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Jockeys almost retook the lead on the counter-attack when Ross Paterson was only denied by a reflex save by Josh Pope. Lawton proved to be just as good when he made a spectacular flying save to keep out Jacob Brown.

Both sides continued to push nd in the 90th minute Abbs was brought down by Luke Butcher in the box after fancy footwork. Abbs placed the spot-kick into the bottom left corner sending Pope the wrong way.

Mildenhall: Pope, Cooper, Shadrack, Butcher, Asensi, Enaro (Hilton 83), Green, J Brown, Parkinson, Harvey (Kearns 60), Catchpole (D Brown 53).