Mildenhall hit five at Whitton United in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
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Mildenhall Town moved up to eighth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, with a comfortable victory over basement club Whitton United.
A first-half four-goal salvo sealed the deal for Dean Greygoose’s side, who even enjoyed the luxury of missing several good chances in the second period with the points already in the bag.
For Whitton, one feared for their health at half-time, so ruthlessly had they been taken apart by Hall.
But new Greens manager Duncan Wheeler will be buoyed by his side’s endeavour throughout and certainly with his team’s second-half performance, which was a marked improvement. The home side are on a re-building course and it is not going to be an overnight project.
So many players have left the King George V club over the past 18 months, relegation is as good as certain for the Ipswich-based team this season.
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However, the bigger picture for Wheeler is way past this campaign – he will hope things can start to take shape in the summer.
Mildenhall, meanwhile, were too canny for a Whitton team who were well served by the dependable Robbie Knott, while Josh Hubert and their goalscorer Paul Westren, worked hard.
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Kelvin Enaro, for the visitors, was the star man though. The flying winger was a constant threat to the home defence and his three goals were the difference.
And with Hall’s strike force including the wily David Lampshire and Ben Yeomans, Whitton’s back four was always going to be up against it.
Greygoose has done well at the Recway since he arrived two seasons ago.
The former goalkeeping professional, who played more than 200 times for Crewe Alexandra in the Football League, has a resolute team.
It took his side just 13 minutes to unlock Whitton.
Yeomans found space down the right and his perfect cross found Lampshire, five yards out who could hardly miss.
It was all Mildenhall in the first period and Matt Green’s shot was deflected narrowly wide by Yeomans.
Enaro got his first and Mildenhall’s second. I was a goal he created himself, when he found Yeomans, before latching on to the return ball and firing home.
That was on 36 minutes and two minutes later Rob Ruddy fired through a crowd, Enaro got a touch, and it was three.
The unfortunate Robbie Knott headed into his own net just before the interval, trying to clear another Enaro cross and that was the game, right there and then, with Hall ahead 4-0 at the break.
Some in the crowd feared a Mildenhall massacre in the second period and although the visitors from west Suffolk had plenty of chances to increase their lead, they fluffed their lines on too many occasions – Yeomans and substitute Dan Brown, the most guilty.
Whitton gained confidence and played the ball about better in the second period.
Westren was instrumental in much of what was good for the home side and his willing run through the middle saw him get a bit of luck as Hall ‘keeper Josh Pope cracked the ball onto him as the two met, to get the home team on the mark, after 72 minutes.
But Enaro, fittingly, had the final say, curling in a beauty four minutes from time.