THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Mildenhall Town 4 Haverhill Rovers 1
A hat-trick from the in-form Chris Bacon helped Mildenhall Town to record a routine victory over Haverhill Rovers at Recreation Way on Saturday afternoon.
The experienced striker, who has now struck 10 times since returning to the club in late February, made his match-clinching impact after Rory Jebb had put the visitors in front.
It was hosting Mildenhall that dominated the opening exchanges as far as possession was concerned, yet they rarely tested Callum Robinson in the Haverhill goal.
Clear goalscoring chances were also few and far between for Rovers up the other end, but that changed in the 26th minute as Jebb broke the deadlock.
Mildenhall were caught short at the back following a free-kick in Haverhill territory and after the frontman had been released clear on goal, he made no mistake with a low strike inside Josh Pope’s far post.
The goal sparked the home side into life and five minutes before the break they were level thanks to Bacon.
Joe Asensi played a short corner into Jamie Hilton, who went for goal. His shot from 20 yards out was not the cleanest, but in a crowded penalty area Bacon was on hand to divert the ball beyond Robinson’s grasp.
Now in the ascendancy, Dean Greygoose’s men took the lead with the last kick of the first half.
Winger Luke Parkinson was fouled inside the area and he dusted himself down to dispatch the resultant spot kick for his third goal in as many outings.
Bacon went on to score two further goals within the space of 60 second-half seconds, both of which were assisted by Kelvin Enaro.
With 65 minutes on the clock, the Nigerian wideman swung over a cross from the right, which Mildenhall’s number nine guided into the corner of the net with a firm header.
Then, in the very next attack, the lively Enaro weaved beyond four Haverhill challenges on his way into the opposition’s box.
Instead of going for goal himself, he flicked the ball towards the back post, where Bacon was waiting to apply the finishing touch.
Further chances came and went for Mildenhall, including one for the recently-signed Ben Sawyer as he dragged his low shot wide when one-on-one with Robinson.
It did nothing to alter the outcome, though, as Mildenhall tightened their grip on sixth spot in the table.
* This Saturday, Greygoose and his side are due to travel to Clipbush Park to take on relegation-threatened Fakenham Town (3pm).
The Ghosts, who sit second from bottom, boosted their survival chances with a 2-1 win away at Ipswich Wanderers last time out.
However, that was just their seventh victory this season and they have not won at home since January 23.
When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Mildenhall ran out 4-0 victors.
Parkinson helped himself to a brace on that occasion, while Enaro and Gareth Simpson added further gloss to the scoreline.