Manager Dean Greygoose pleased with how his Mildenhall Town squad is shaping up in the Bostik League North Division
With new signings onboard and players returning from either injury or suspension, Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose believes he now has a squad with similar traits to the one he guided to a league title in 2016/17.
A handful of fresh faces have arrived at Recreation Way in recent weeks, including Khris Oti, Hussain Jaffa and Hugo Odogwu-Atkinson.
And, while the new additions were unable to inspire Mildenhall to victory against Aveley on Saturday as the Bostik League North Division leaders left Suffolk with a 2-1 victory in tow, Greygoose was pleased with what he saw from his side.
It bodes well for the coming weeks and months according to Greygoose, who sees similarities between the current crop and those that were crowned Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division champions just under 18 months ago.
“We still had some players missing on Saturday but we played well and deserved a draw,” he said.
“We created plenty of chances and while there is still plenty to work on, it was pleasing to see how much of a threat we posed and also how well we competed physically.
“I have felt at times since we were promoted we have struggled against the top teams physically – they have always seemed to have the edge on us.
“In a way we have needed to get back to the desire and physicality we showed when we won the league, especially out of possession and I think that is the way we are heading. There is also now some competition for places.
“We just need to get a winning run together. A couple of wins and it will move us up and around the halfway point.”
The loss to Aveley – Mildenhall’s eighth of the campaign – leaves them in 17th and only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
One positive to come from the contest was the impact of former Barking and Tilbury player Jaffa, who rose highest to score a first-half header and draw Mildenhall level before Alexander Akrofi’s 65th-minute winner.
Next up for Greygoose and his men is a trip to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday (3pm).
The Essex side go into the contest having won none of their last three matches in all competitions, during which time they have shipped nine goals.
Mildenhall will be boosted for the game at Wakering by the return of captain Luke Butcher and attack-minded midfielder Jarid Robson, both of whom sat out the clash with Aveley because of suspension.