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Mildenhall Town manager Phil Weavers hails ‘mentality’ of players as Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title draws closer





Phil Weavers has hailed the ‘mentality’ of his Mildenhall Town players as they continue to steam-roll their way towards the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title.

Despite being the runaway front-runners for some time, Weavers’ charges have rarely taken their eye off the ball.

They have dropped just 12 points all season and following Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Hadleigh United, their superior goal difference means that just six more are required from seven fixtures to be crowned champions.

Mildenhall Town are on the verge of being crowned champions. Picture: Mark Westley
Mildenhall Town are on the verge of being crowned champions. Picture: Mark Westley

“We spoke at the start of the season about what it would take to win the league and a lot of it is about mentality,” said Weavers.

“It’s the oldest cliche in football but you have to take it one game at a time and we’ve taken no game for granted all season long.

“I’ve been part of this league long enough to know that you have to be at it each week to win matches.

Player-boss Phil Weavers takes his league-leading Mildenhall to Fakenham this weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton
Player-boss Phil Weavers takes his league-leading Mildenhall to Fakenham this weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton

“It’s obviously down to me to keep the players motivated, but I’ve got a group there that manage themselves in lots of ways.

“The core of senior lads have been fantastic. Some of them have won leagues at higher levels and we’ve got Brady (Stone, assistant) and Lloyd (Groves, coach) on the sidelines as well – we certainly don’t lack for drive and characters.

“Our mentality has never wavered no matter how big our lead has been and the boys have never stepped away from our principles. They deserve big credit.”

Next on the agenda for Weavers and his squad is a trip to Fakenham Town on Saturday (3pm).

Mildenhall won the reverse fixture last November 3-1, but the visiting Ghosts gave them a scare by taking a one-goal lead into the break before the hosts hit back through Callum Anderson, Ben Nolan and Kieran Twinn.

And Weavers is expecting a ‘tough’ afternoon at Clipbush Lane.

He added: “They’re a difficult team to play against. I feel like the few times I’ve played against them in recent years, they’ve actually out-played us.

“They play the right way, they’ve got a very talented squad of young players and you can see they’re managed properly.

“It’s always a tough place to go and it will be a proper test for us, but we’ll approach it in the same we’ve gone into every game this season.

“It will be a tight game but it should be a good one with both teams looking to win it.”

Mildenhall will make the journey over the Norfolk border without the services of Jon Kaye (away) and Jarid Robson (hamstring injury).