Sands ready to get back on Mildenhall goal trail
John Sands is ready to thrive under the pressure of being relied upon to score goals for his hometown club.
The centre-forward returned to Mildenhall Town earlier this summer following several seasons away from Recreation Way.
He has scored goals for a host of higher-league teams over the years, including winning the Golden Boot while wearing Bury Town’s colours in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
And he has also been in goalscoring form for Mildenhall during pre-season, finding the net on three occasions in as many matches.
If Mildenhall are to enjoy a positive campaign in the Bostik League North Division then Sands will have a big role to play – something that does not daunt the 31-year-old.
“I am always confident in my own ability,” said the striker.
“There is a little bit of surprise with how well pre-season has gone because I am not fully fit, but I have always scored goals.
“If I get the service then I will score the goals we need.
“I like being number one and people relying on me.
“I still need to get a bit sharper, and once I do I am sure the goals will come.”
There have been a large number of comings and goings at Mildenhall over the last few weeks, with Dean Greygoose only being able to field something close to his strongest starting line-up for the first time during Saturday’s 1-1 friendly draw with St Neots Town.
Nevertheless, despite this new-look side needing to forge understandings, Sands believes Mildenhall should be looking for a top-half finish.
“I cannot see any reason why we will not finish in the top half,” he added.
“It is a tough league, but there is some real quality and experience in the squad.
“It is looking really strong and it will get even better once the lads get used to how each other plays.”