Ely City host Mildenhall Town tonight in a derby game fuelled with added spice

Mildenhall boss Dean Greygoose

Mildenhall boss Dean Greygoose - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose is excited by the prospect of ‘Friday night football’ tonight.

The west Suffolk outfit travel to near neighbours Ely City tonight (kick-off 7.45pm), and Greygoose is looking forward to the encounter.

“It promises to be a good local derby,” declared Greygoose, whose side recorded a narrow 1-0 win over FC Clacton in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on Saturday.

“Myself and my coaching staff have spent time at Ely previously so that adds a little bit of spice to things.

“Like Clacton, Ely are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league and it’ll be a high energy and high tempo game.


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“Hopefully our quality can shine through.”

Greygoose continued: “I quite like the occasional Friday night game – they’re something different, and you often get different types of atmosphere at these games.

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“I think a few more neutral supporters come to it, who might not always get to watch non-league football, so hopefully we can play our part in a good game.

“It also allows the players to have the weekend off with their families, and like I said, Friday night football is certainly something different.”

Mildenhall sit in ninth position before tonight’s encounter, and will move up to eighth if they can gain victory over bottom-of-the-table Ely.

In Hall’s last two games they have beaten Clacton (1-0), and lost to Kirkley & Pakefield (2-0) – results that have both pleased and frustrated Greygoose.

“Clacton was a good result for us, and that’s the most important thing,” he continued.

“It’s always nice to win at home and we did just about deserve it.

“Like I’ve said about previous games, we created chances but didn’t take them when we were on

top which, as a manager, leaves you tearing your hair out when you’re only 1-0 up with five minutes to go.

“We are getting there though and the team ethos is really coming through.”

He continued: “I’ve brought five players in since being here (Greygoose took charge at the end of November), and we are looking

better in each game.

“We do have to be more consistent though, and I do want us to go on an unbeaten run before the end of the season.

“We haven’t put a run of results together for five or six games yet, and that’s what we are looking for.”

One of Greygoose’s new signings, Matthew Waters, was on target against Clacton on Saturday, and the former Football League goalkeeper has been pleased with his striker’s impact.

“Matthew has got two in three for us, and he scored an excellent goal against Clacton,” Greygoose declared.

“We tried something different going forward against them with Aaron Turner, Richard Logan, and Matthew (Waters) all interchanging with freedom, and it worked pretty well.

“What pleased me is that we created chances from the first minute to the last minute.

“On another day, he (Waters) could have had a hat-trick, but I’ve been impressed by him.”

Greygoose will hope for more of the same from his new-look attacking trio tonight.

Opponents Ely were on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat to Norwich United last time out, but were unbeaten in the two games before that.

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