Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose urges his side to take their chances, as another striker departs

Mildenhall go close, but not close enough earlier this season

Mildenhall go close, but not close enough earlier this season - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose has urged his Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side to start taking take their chances this season.

James Paterson left Mildenhall to join Bury Town earlier this month

James Paterson left Mildenhall to join Bury Town earlier this month - Credit: Archant

Hall were narrowly defeated by in-form Stanway Rovers 1-0 on Saturday, but Greygoose feels his side should have had something from a ‘real blood and thunder’ encounter.

“Saturday was a real blood and thunder game, I haven’t experienced a game like that since the ‘80’s or 90’s,” declared the boss.

“It was the most physical game I’ve been apart of for a very long time.

“There were a few nasty challenges, but at the same time, it was an exciting game with plenty of good football played.

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“We went one goal down in less than 10 minutes through a super strike, and the challenge to us from then on was to stand up and be counted.

“To a man we did that, and the only criticism I can give is that we didn’t take our chances.”

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Greygoose admits that missed chances have been a problem for his side in recent weeks, with the departures of key attacking duo James Paterson (Bury Town) and Steve Holder (Needham Market) not helping.

“It’s frustrating because I thought we were just getting things right,” Greygoose continued.

“It’s no excuse but losing those two very good players has hurt us a little, they’re quality players and that’s no disrespect to the guys who have filled their shoes since because things are starting to gel – but we just need to take our chances!

“Kelvin Enaro is improving game by game, and Matt Waters (a new signing) did well against Stanway, he just needs a goal, but it does take time.”

Striker Adam Burroughs has this week left the club, opting to take a mini-break from football as Greygoose explains.

“I like Adam as person, I get on with him well, but I just need to give somebody else a chance,” he said.

“He was on the bench a lot at the start of the season and he begged me to give him a chance (when Greygoose took over from previous boss Christian Appleford at the end of November).

“I have, but he hasn’t quite been good enough if I’m honest.

“I’d have liked him to stay as I think he can score goals, but I think he’s grown frustrated with himself more than anything.

“He travels from Norwich every week, so it is a bit of a distance for him, and I think he’s going to have break from football for a bit.”

Greygoose admits he has one or two irons in the fire ahead of this weekend’s home game against Walsham-le-Willows – a side who have jumped up to ninth in the table following four straight league wins.

“Walsham are a good side,” declared Greygoose. “I’ve always said that they’ve been in a false position (the Willows have predominantly held a lower-mid table position all season), and we’ll have to work their work ethic and physicality.

“We need to approach the game with the same attitude we did against Stanway, and this time hopefully take our chances!”

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