Hall boost experience and firepower
Dean Greygoose is confident he has added the necessary experience and firepower for Mildenhall Town to be more competitive in the Bostik League North Division this season.
The 2017/18 campaign was the club’s first ever at Step 4 and while it was not without high moments – particularly in the FA Trophy – two long winless runs contributed to a third-from-bottom finish.
It has been a busy summer at Recreation Way, with many of the previous term’s squad having moved on, including Gareth Simpson, Matt Green and Jake Chambers-Shaw.
However, Greygoose has countered those departures with numerous additions, headed by the return of the clinical John Sands.
Defender Tom Boxer, attacker Emmanuel Osei and goalkeeper Blake Horton also provide plenty of know-how, as does captain Luke Butcher, who committed himself to the club earlier this week.
“We gave a lot of minutes to a lot of youngsters last year, and I feel they would have benefited from the experience,” he said.
“But the end of the season was not good enough (10-game winless run) and so I was always going to add to the squad, it is just the number of departures has meant we needed a few more.
“We have more strength in depth now, and players with real know-how of the level.
“We surrendered too many games last year and that was a worry, but with the experience we have got in, that should not happen as much.
“I am confident we will give a good account of ourselves this season.”
While the Mildenhall faithful have plenty of new faces to become accustomed to, it is the return of Sands that has got tongues wagging.
The local striker was a fan favourite during his first spell with the club and he went on to score goals for a variety of sides at a higher level.
Greygoose has been impressed with the 31-year-old’s attitude since he re-signed and believes he will be the difference in certain games.
“I am chuffed with Sandsy. He is trim, understands the game and he still has a lot to give,” added the boss.
“We did not score enough goals last year (54, third worst record). At times we played some good stuff but could not finish it off.
“Other teams would have one chance against us and score – we got punished. Having Sandsy gives us the sort of threat we lacked.”
Mildenhall open up on Saturday at home to Maldon & Tiptree (3pm) – a side that Greygoose’s men collected four points against last season.