End-to-end encounter sees Whitton come back from three nil down to grab a draw at Mildenhall in a cracking all-Suffolk non-league affair
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An unbelievable end-to-end encounter on Saturday saw Whitton United come back from three goals down to draw at Mildenhall Town.
After 90 minutes of entertainment and three goals apiece, the two couldn’t be separated in a fantastic game to watch for the neutral.
Mildenhall raced into a three-goal lead after just 22 minutes when Steve Holder, on his league return for Hall after re-joining from Bury Town, Adam Murray, and Adam Burroughs all scoring.
Seemingly dead and buried, Paul Bugg’s Whitton rallied, with skipper Chris Williams curling home a beautiful goal to give his side hope, before further strikes from dangerous attacking pair Karl Andrade and Sam Quinton secured the most dramatic of comebacks.
Pre-match, both these sides endured a mass of injury problems, but you wouldn’t have guessed it as they both played with no fear and fluency in their attacks.
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Whitton should have opened the scoring after just four minutes when, following a deft flick from the lively Andrade, Quinton found himself clean through on goal, but with only Josh Pope to beat the youngster dragged his effort wide of the target.
Christan Appleford’s Mildenhall then scored with literally their first attack as the popular figure of Holder showed calmness and precision inside the box to volley home following the aftermath of a corner.
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Just five minutes later, one became two as a gigantic leap and header from man-mountain Murray, following David Cooper’s free-kick, beat Ryan Bedingfield from just inside the area.
Rampant Mildenhall didn’t let up as, following yet another assist from Cooper, Burroughs broke the offside trap to neatly dink home a third in the 22nd minute.
Whitton were stunned, but before everyone could get their breath back at Recreation Way, Williams curled in a beautiful goal for the Greens just three minutes later – from the edge of the area – after his corner had been inadvertently turned back into his path by Kieran Smith-Edwards.
If anyone had whispered that the comeback was on after this goal, they were then shouting it in the 32nd minute, when, following a decisive breakaway from Miles Powell and Smith-Edwards, Andrade calmly headed into an unguarded net after Pope was unsighted.
Andrade then almost added an outrageous equaliser minutes before the interval but his powerful strike flew just wide.
Appleton replaced Burroughs with Matt Robinson at half-time following Burrough’s nasty-looking collision with a barrier towards the end of the opening period.
And the substitute was fully-involved from the off as, within moments of the half restarting, he inexplicably missed an open goal from an acute angle after rounding Bedingfield following an inadvertent loose touch on the half-way line from Williams, playing the attack-minded player in.
Whitton then drew level, as Smith-Edwards claimed his third assist of the game by accurately crossing for Quinton to smash home from close-range in the 57th minute.
With proceedings level-pegging, both sides then did their upmost to try and nick a winner.
But despite several close shaves, neither could find that elusive fourth goal.
Robinson volleyed a difficult chance wide, Alex Steed hit the bar , and Ryan Foster came close but the spoils were shared in an epic encounter which was a great advert for Suffolk non-league football.