Mildenhall Town manager Ricky Cornish staying positive despite his side dropping into the Bostik League North Division relegation zone
Mildenhall Town have dropped into the relegation zone ahead of a tough run of fixtures, but manager Ricky Cornish is far from writing his side off.
After playing out an incident-packed 1-1 draw with neighbouring Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, Mildenhall headed into Tuesday’s crucial clash at Dereham Town only above their 19th-placed hosts on goal difference.
And it seemed Cornish’s men were going to put some daylight between themselves and the Bostik League North Division danger zone when goals from Tom Debenham and Evans Kouassi put them two up inside 15 minutes, only for them to be trailing 3-2 at the break before eventually losing 5-2.
It was a result that left Mildenhall occupying the second of two relegation places – and three points from safety – ahead of a run of fixtures that pits them against four of the top six teams.
A trip to fourth-placed Heybridge Swifts is first up on Saturday (3pm), but despite the calibre of opposition on the horizon, Cornish is remaining upbeat.
“I will always give everything and as long as the players do the same that is all I can ask,” said Cornish, who took charge in late December.
“We do not do negatives and we still have a good fighting chance of getting ourselves out of it. The players know the situation and they have a job to do.
“It is a strange league. Soham beat Heybridge recently and when we play Bury Town the week after it is a derby, when anything can happen.
“Results had not been what we hoped since taking over, but there are still plenty of points left to play for.”
The clash with Soham three days prior to the defeat to Dereham provided plenty of talking points as the visiting Greens took the lead through Sam Mulready.
Kouassi responded for Mildenhall before the break from the penalty spot, but while there were no further goals in the second half, it was nonetheless entertaining.
Mildenhall had the Boxer brothers – Tom and Panayiotis – red carded late on before Mulready saw his stoppage-time penalty saved by goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe.
In terms of transfer news, centre-forward Matt Hayden has returned to Recreation Way from Newmarket Town.
The Mildenhall-raised striker had a previous spell with the club in 2015.
Meanwhile, this season’s second-highest appearance maker Emmanuel Osei (three goals) has left to join this weekend’s opponents Heybridge.