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Mildenhall Town manager calls for final-third improvements ahead of FA Vase tie against Crawley Green

Mildenhall Town manager Ricky Cornish wants to see improvement from his side in the final third ahead of Saturday’s home FA Vase first round proper tie against Crawley Green (3pm).

Hosting Mildenhall head into the encounter on a run of two straight defeats against Gorleston (3-2) in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday and Tuesday’s 2-0 reverse at the hands of Brantham Athletic in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

In the Gorleston clash Mildenhall were two goals to the good and failed to convert a number of openings to make the game safe before succumbing to a couple of late goals, while against Brantham they struggled to create anything of note despite dominating possession.

Ricky Cornish
Ricky Cornish

In weekend opponents Crawley Green, who play in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division, Mildenhall will be up against an in-form outfit – one that is unbeaten in their last six matches, winning five.

And Cornish has conceded that his men will need to do better in the crucial moments if they are to progress in the national competition.

“With the ball we have been fine in the first two thirds, it is just that final third that has let us down,” he said.

“Our delivery into the box against Brantham was really poor and we will be working on that.

“Brantham only really had two chances and took them both. After that it was our job to break them down and to do that you need to produce quality deliveries.

“It needs to improve because we would love to have a run in the Vase – it is a big competition.

“It is going to be a really big day for the club so myself and the players need to stand up and be counted.”

Defender Casey Phillips looks set to miss the game with a knee injury but Matt Green has returned to the club following a season with Histon.

The midfielder, who won a league cup and double with Mildenhall in 2016/17, started the defeat against Brantham.

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