Mildenhall make a swoop for highly-rated Lakenheath duo

FOOTBALL - Lakenheath v Ipswich Valley Rangers in Suffolk Senior Cup Final ''Pictured: Matt Haydon ANL-151105-114248009
FOOTBALL - Lakenheath v Ipswich Valley Rangers in Suffolk Senior Cup Final ''Pictured: Matt Haydon ANL-151105-114248009

Dean Greygoose believes the new arrivals of Lakenheath strike partners Matt Hayden and Luke Catchpole will provide plenty of goals next season.

The Mildenhall Town manager announced the signings of both strikers, along with former Soham Town Rangers defender Joe Asensi, following their first pre-season friendly against Bury Town.

Greygoose also confirmed the return of teenage midfielder Harrison Ford from Needham Market Reserves to the club, completing a quartet of new arrivals to Recreation Way.

“Luke and Matt both scored in the friendly and looked like they had been playing for Mildenhall for years,” Greygoose said. “Matt only had one training session with us before the game, and Luke had two, but both clicked straight away.

“They can both play and are still quite young, Matt’s 22 and Luke is 25. They’re hungry to get better.”

Hayden was Lakenheath’s top goalscorer with 40 goals in 34 appearances, while Catchpole struck 25 times in 33 games to help them finish runners-up in the Kershaw Premier League and win the Suffolk Senior Cup for the first time last season.

After seeing their first scheduled friendly against Hardwick cancelled, Greygoose’s men finally started their pre-season friendlies against Ryman League Division One North Bury last week.

Goals from new signings Hayden and Catchpole gave Mildenhall a 2-1 win, with Greygoose’s side following that win with a 2-2 draw against Soham Town Rangers on Friday night.

“Results are irrelevant in pre-season but I was really pleased with how we played,” said the Mildenhall boss, who is now preparing his squad for friendlies at Haverhill Borough (tomorrow 7.45pm) and at home to a Norwich City XI on Tuesday (7pm).

“Everyone did well. I don’t want to pick anyone out in particular as they all showed me they can play for Mildenhall.

With the upcoming Thurlow Nunn League season now only two weeks away, Greygoose admitted he is still hoping to bring in a couple more players before their season opener at Ipswich Wanderers on August 8.

“We’re still being pro-active and are looking to sign another two players.

“We had 21 players play against Bury and fielded nearly two completely different teams,” he said.

“There are lots of games at the start of the season, so how well we do in the cups will help determine how big a squad we decide to have.”