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Mildenhall Town manager looking for final-third improvements ahead of FA Vase tie at Stansted

Mildenhall Town’s Ricky Cornish is confident his side can progress through Saturday’s Buildbase FA Vase second round proper clash at Stansted (3pm), but only if they improve in the final third of the pitch.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Haverhill Rovers was an all too familiar story for Cornish’s men, who, despite dominating the contest in terms of possession, rarely called James Young in the opposition goal into action.

Breaking bottom-half Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division teams down has been a major problem for 13th-placed Mildenhall, whose five defeats so far have come at the hands of sides 12th or lower, while they could only muster a 1-1 draw at then-bottom Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Townv Stowmarket Mildenhall manager Ricky Cornish. Picture by Mark Westley. (20471035)
FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Townv Stowmarket Mildenhall manager Ricky Cornish. Picture by Mark Westley. (20471035)

This weekend’s opponents also fall into that category, with the hosting Airportmen currently occupying 14th place in the Essex Football League Senior Division.

It would appear to be a winnable tie, but Cornish has conceded decision-making must be refined if Mildenhall are to advance through to the third round for the first time since the 2007/08 season.

“We know a little bit about them and with the quality we have it is a game we can win,” said the boss.

“But we are going to have to be at the races and make sure we play properly, especially in the final third.

“In most of our games we have probably had 70 per cent of the ball but the quality in key areas has not been good enough. We try to play the right way – a way that should bring the best out of these players – but the decision-making needs to improve.”

Loanee Quevin Castro, who is on trial at Ipswich Town, should return from a hamstring injury to feature.

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