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Mildenhall Town manager keen to see his side go unbeaten in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division after thrashing Thetford Town

Ricky Cornish believes his Mildenhall Town side can remain unbeaten until the end of the season in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, following a stomping 6-1 victory over Thetford Town.

Mildenhall moved up a place to eighth in the standings after thrashing the Brecklanders at home on Tuesday night, with a hat-trick from signing James Hall extending his goalscoring tally to 10 goals in his six fixtures for the club.

Further goals came from Ben Yeomans, Rob Ruddy and substitute Kaine Manels as the Hall ran riot on a blustery evening at Recreation Way.

Football Mildenhall Town v Thetford Town James Hall scores his opening goal for Mildenhall Picture by Mark Westley. (26759719)
Football Mildenhall Town v Thetford Town James Hall scores his opening goal for Mildenhall Picture by Mark Westley. (26759719)

It followed Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Hadleigh United – with goals from Hall and Valter Rocha – to return six points from the last two outings.

Cornish said: “It’s been a long time coming. But I don’t want us to get beat until the end of the season now.

“And I think that’s a realistic goal. We’ve played Stowmarket twice already so I think we can finish the season unbeaten now.”

Football Mildenhall Town v Thetford Town James Hall and Ben Youmans celebrate. Picture by Mark Westley. (26759714)
Football Mildenhall Town v Thetford Town James Hall and Ben Youmans celebrate. Picture by Mark Westley. (26759714)

Mildenhall showed early on their goalscoring intent as they clattered the post before Hall scored the home team’s first in the 14th minute with quick play upfield; Mildenhall scored all six goals through counter-attacking moves.

Ben Yeomans doubled the team’s lead in the 21st minute with a confident strike into goal – with both keepers under the cosh in the horrendously windy conditions – before Tanner Call converted a Matt Morton cross to give Thetford a lifeline on 29 minutes at 2-1.

Hall scored his second, and Mildenhall’s third on 40 minutes with a good tap in from a cross from the left, to spark an incredible period of play for the home side.

Rob Ruddy scored from a goalmouth scramble in the 43rd minute before Hall then watched in anguish as his penalty was well-stopped a minute later – to deny him a hat-trick – before finding his third goal in the final minute of the half from a quick move up field to leave Mildenhall 5-1 up at half-time.

The home team enjoyed the wind at their backs in the first half and found it harder against the wind in the second period, with Thetford offering more of a threat on goal, including a dubious offside call denying Call a second score in the 78th minute.

But Mildenhall, spearheaded by the dynamic Hall, kept pushing forward and were rewarded in the 82nd minute, as substitute Kaine Manels ran on to a through ball in front of goal, before rounding the keeper and tapping it into the empty net to seal the impressive victory.

Cornish added: “We’ve got a lot of pace and that is the way we want to play, hitting teams on the counter and causing them problems with our passing play and high tempo.

“I’m really pleased for Kaine (Manels), who took his chance after coming on with a great little goal; he showed a lot of composure for such a young guy, he’s only 17.

“Harvey (Steel) has come in and done really well again and he’s only 17 as well; we’ve got no problem playing youngsters, especially if they grab their chances like that.

“They know how we want to play and what we want to do and they’re enjoying it. And the older ones are helping them, which to me is what it’s all about. Encouragement and the right attitude in the changing room is vital and that changing room is buzzing now.

“If we’re honest, it’s the first time we’ve been close to having a full squad and it showed. And Hally (James Hall) has been a great signing for us too.

“We’ve probably been missing that goalscorer but he’s making up for that – he’s scored 10 goals in six games, he’s been outstanding for us.

“If you look at us now, we’re where we want to be as a squad. Maybe one or two players more but that’s it.

“We played at a good tempo in horrible conditions but we still moved the ball well and caused them problems with our movement. But there’s still more to come from us.”

He hopes to see that continue on Saturday, with a visit from 19th-placed Gorleston (3pm). He said: “They’re all tough games in this league, and Saturday will be no exception – you don’t know what you’re going to come up against from week to week.

“Gorleston are fighting for their lives and we went to there and got beat by a last minute goal; but we are a very different side now so I don’t expect that to happen again.

“But of course there is a sense of wanting to get payback. And, after a performance like tonight, it should be fairly easy for me to motivate them to go again on Saturday.”

Mildenhall: Hayhoe, Steel, Asensi, Weavers (c), Chaplin, Steed, Ruddy, Yeomans (Manels 69’), Green (Turner 69’), Hall, Rocha

Journal Man of the Match: James Hall – the hat-trick man could easily have had five or six to his name alone with his constant pressure in the Thetford box.

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