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Lakenheath manager Ben Cowling aiming for a top four finish in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North




Having made a positive start to 2019, Lakenheath manager Ben Cowling is eyeing up a top four finish in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

Saturday’s 2-1 win at Cornard United extended Lakenheath’s positive run to 10 points collected from 12 since the turn of the year.

They are currently seventh in the table, but ahead of Saturday’s trip to King’s Lynn Town Reserves (3pm), are just four points adrift of fourth-placed Norwich CBS with a game in hand.

Lakenheathv Wisbech Ben CowlingPicture Mark Westley. (7025434)
Lakenheathv Wisbech Ben CowlingPicture Mark Westley. (7025434)

“We have to remember that this is still our first season at this level as a club,” said Cowling, who saw his team win at Cornard thanks to goals from Kelvin Enaro and Aaron Turner.

“The main priority this season was about getting the ground up to scratch and thankfully that looks like being on course.

“But we have played well for a while now, probably since the start of December, and results have been much better since the turn of the year.

“The boys should be aiming for fourth and if we can keep this form going that is attainable.”

Cowling was able to call upon a new goalkeeper against Cornard, with Blake Horton having signed on dual registration terms from Mildenhall Town.

FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Townv St Neots Blake Horton Picture Mark Westley. (7007528)
FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Townv St Neots Blake Horton Picture Mark Westley. (7007528)

The Australian is the sixth ‘keeper to have kept goal for Lakenheath this term, and Cowling is hopeful of having him around for the foreseeable future.

“Blake did not have much to do in the first half but he did well in the second half when they put a bit of pressure on,” said Cowling.

“He showed his experience, dealt with danger well and his kicking was good. From our point of view it would be good to keep hold of him, so we will see what happens.”


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