THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Walsham-le-Willows 1 Mildenhall Town 2
Ben Yeomans is hopeful he can hit the goal trail after his two strikes ensured Mildenhall Town collected all three points from their trip to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday afternoon.
The centre-forward went into the clash at Summer Road having not found the net for Dean Greygoose’s men since his arrival from Godmanchester Rovers in the middle of last month.
However, with much of the focus on new striker Chris Bacon following his switch from Stamford earlier in the week, it was birthday boy Yeomans that made the difference as Mildenhall ended a three-game winless run.
“As a striker, when you don’t score, it’s something that always plays on your mind,” said the 24-year-old.
“The lads have all said I’ve been performing well, but as a striker you always need goals and you do start piling pressure on yourself. You rate yourself by goals.
“The goals were needed and hopefully they’ll come thick and fast now. I can’t predict the future, but once you’ve got one the momentum builds and the confidence starts rising. Hopefully there will be lots more to follow.”
His first of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division encounter came in the eighth minute and was a case of being in the right place at the right time. The Walsham defence failed to deal with Michael Harvey’s inswinging corner and when the ball rebounded off the post, Yeomans was on hand to bundle it over the line.
To the credit of the hosts, they responded positively to the setback and after a period of domination, parity was restored with 21 minutes played.
Mildenhall goalkeeper Josh Pope and Walsham centre-back Nathan Clarke both jumped to contest Joji Kawaguchi’s long throw, with the latter coming out on top as the ball crept inside the far post.
Yet, within six minutes of the equaliser, Yeomans pounced again. Young Mildenhall midfielder Jamie Hilton showed good balance to ride three challenges, before his slide-rule pass split the Walsham rearguard.
It released the Mildenhall number 10, who slotted his shot from 12 yards out through Walsham keeper Liam Bryant’s legs.
Having drawn level once, Walsham set about repeating that trick before the half-time whistle, but this time they found Pope in stubborn mood.
Andrew Wood was denied in a one-on-one situation before, with 35 minutes on the clock, Thomas Driscoll was twice thwarted from point-blank range.
After the restart it was Mildenhall that carved out the better chances, with Joe Asensi and substitute Dan Brown both calling Bryant into action.
In one final piece of drama, Pope was cautioned in stoppage time for a challenge on Wood outside the area, despite big protests from the home players that the Mildenhall stopper should have been red carded.
Their sense of injustice grew when Pope kept out the resultant free kick from Ryan Clark to secure the victory for the away side.
n Mildenhall (seventh) play host to leaders Norwich United on Saturday(3pm).