THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Mildenhall Town 1
Long Melford 2
Mildenhall Town manager Dean Greygoose was once again left to rue his side’s failure to convert their chances as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Long Melford on Saturday afternoon.
Greygoose’s men went into the clash with the Villagers having scored nine goals in their first three outings of 2016, but before that they had found the back of the net just three times in four outings.
That problem reared its head again against Melford as a string of opportunities went begging, condemning Mildenhall to just their second home Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat of the season.
“It’s very frustrating and I was really disappointed with the performance. We didn’t play with our usual energy and vibrancy,” said Greygoose.
“It was a big surprise. It felt a little flat, a bit like some of our performances from last season.
“Even so, we still created enough to get something from the game. Creating chances is one of the hardest things to do and we’re doing that, so to not take more of them is disappointing.
“I’ve never been involved with a side that carves out so many opportunities, yet struggles to take the majority of them.”
The Melford victory came courtesy of a brace from Scott Yearling, accompanied by Scott Mansfield’s performance between the posts and Mildenhall’s wastefulness in front of goal.
Following a goalless opening 45 minutes in which both sides found clear chances hard to come by, Melford broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart.
Mildenhall centre-back Rob Ruddy sliced his clearance straight to Yearling, who under pressure from an approaching Jacob Brown, was able to loop his effort over a helpless Josh Pope.
The hosts set about scoring an equaliser, only to find their route to goal blocked by a stubborn Mansfield and they subsequently ended up falling further behind 10 minutes from time when Yearling netted his second from distance.
Dan Brown’s 10th goal of the season sparked a late rally from Mildenhall, but Mansfield and Melford held firm in the closing stages to secure all three points for Jules Mumford’s side.
The result has left Mildenhall in 10th place with 28 points collected from their 20 matches.
Although by no means a false position, Greygoose admitted that his squad has the quality to be battling much higher up the table.
“With the squad we have we should be in the top six, but the league table doesn’t lie,” he added.
n Mildenhall Town’s Thurlow Nunn League Cup quarter-final tie against Long Melford on Wednesday was postponed. Hall return to league action with a trip away at bottom-placed Whitton United tomorrow (3pm).