Mildenhall Town and Stowmarket Town play out goal-less draw in Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division
The first league meeting between Mildenhall Town and Stowmarket Town since 2004/05 ended in a 0-0 draw this afternoon – a result that on reflection neither side can really have too many complaints about.
Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title favourites Stowmarket made the trip to Recreation Way in a rich vein of form at both ends of the pitch, scoring 17 and conceding none in their previous four league fixtures.
Mildenhall, meanwhile, had also started to hit their straps after a poor opening to the campaign, with Wednesday's 4-1 win at Haverhill Rovers their fourth in a row in all competitions.
Hat-trick hero Ben Nolan was Mildenhall's star man during the aforementioned victory at Haverhill, but he only lasted 16 minutes of this encounter due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by debutant Adam Wilson.
Eight minutes later Stowmarket carved out the game's first meaningful effort on target when playmaker Dave Cowley broke into the home side's box and shot low – an effort that Mildenhall goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe was equal to with his feet.
Hayhoe was called into action again in the 37th minute as George Clarke looked to round him, but the hosts' 'keeper got down smartly to thwart the Stowmarket forward.
Chances were few and far between for much of the second half, although the game did come to life in the latter stages.
Mildenhall's Valter Rocha showed good footwork 20 yards from goal to open up the space for a shot which he curled straight at James Bradbrook, while moments later the Stowmarket goalkeeper got across his line well to palm clear Scott Chaplin's free-kick.
Stowmarket's final notable foray into opposition territory came in the 86th minute via a swift counter-attack, but having lined up the opportunity Christy Finch – a scorer of six goals since arriving from higher-league Leiston in the summer – was way off target.
Next up for Mildenhall, who have become the first Premier Division side to stop Stowmarket scoring this term, is a home local derby against Newmarket Town in the Buildbase FA Vase on September 14 (3pm).
As for the Old Gold & Blacks, they will remain in league action on the same day at home against Woodbridge Town.
Mildenhall: Hayhoe, Yallop, Asensi, Butcher, Weavers, Phillips, Chaplin, Steed, Robinson, Nolan (Wilson 16), Rocha
Stowmarket: Bradbrook, Brown, Dunbar (A Clarke 40), Jefford, Bullard, Ainsley, Docherty (Read 56), Quantrell, G Clarke (Sweeney 69), Cowley, Finch
Journal Man of the Match: Luke Butcher (Mildenhall).
* For reaction from both camps, see next week's Journal and Free Press print editions.