Boss Ricky Cornish confident Mildenhall Town's remaining fixtures give them a 'massive chance' of Bostik League North Division survival
Manager Ricky Cornish believes his Mildenhall Town side still have a ‘massive chance’ of winning their relegation fight as long as they replicate recent performances during the final few weeks of the season.
Second-from-bottom Mildenhall’s last four outings have pitted them against two of the sides in the play-offs, sixth-placed neighbours Bury Town and runaway leaders Bowers & Pitsea.
Just two points have been gained from those four fixtures and Cornish’s men are now seven from safety with time running out.
However, displays – in the main – have been positive and with six of their last nine games against sides placed 10th or lower, Cornish remains in positive mood.
“With the fixtures we have left we still have a massive chance,” said Cornish, who takes his team to bottom-of-the-table Romford on Saturday (3pm) with three points between the clubs.
“Apart from Maldon & Tiptree (5-1 defeat) and maybe my first game at AFC Sudbury (3-1 loss) – when I did not know what I had in the squad – we have not really been dominated for a whole 90 minutes.
“Over the last few weeks people from all of those top sides have said they cannot believe we are second from bottom, but it is simple really – we are there because we are not winning games.
“It was a tough February but there is still massive optimism because the performances have been good. If the belief had gone the performances would tail off.
“We need to make sure we keep doing things properly, take it one game at a time and there is no reason why we still cannot get out of it. We have some winnable fixtures coming up and it is down to us to make the most of them.”
On Saturday Mildenhall were left to rue a late missed penalty against table-topping Bowers.
Evans Kouassi gave Mildenhall a 27th-minute lead and when the visitors had Callum Leahy red-carded on the hour mark, the hosts looked to be on course to become just the third side to beat the leaders this term.
Jamie Dicks duly levelled for Bowers 20 minutes from time, but Mildenhall had a golden chance to regain the lead in the 84th minute when leading goalscorer Kouassi stepped up to take a penalty, but he was off target.
And to make matters worse for the home side they ended up with nothing to show for their effort thanks to an 88th-minute winner from Bowers’ James Thomas.
Defender Joe Asensi (unavailable) will miss the crucial Romford encounter, but aside from that Cornish has a fully fit squad to select from for the trip to Essex.
Mildenhall came out on top in the reverse in November 2-1, which proved to be former manager Dean Greygoose’s final victory in charge of the club before he departed a few weeks later.