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Mildenhall Town manager Ricky Cornish pleased to pass tricky FA Vase test at Lakenheath




Ricky Cornish was very pleased with the way his Mildenhall Town side handled what had the potential to be a tricky Buildbase FA Vase local derby at high-flying lower-league Lakenheath on Saturday.

The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit showed their class to ensure there was never any real doubt they would come through the second qualifying round tie at The Pit.

Two goals within five minutes of each other mid-way through the first half, a close-range volley from Casey Phillips and a classy solo effort from Tanner Call, sent them in at the interval with a 2-0 cushion.

James Hall was gifted a third within three minutes of the second half to effectively put things to bed, though Lakenheath did rally well after Tom Thulborn took advantage of a goalkeeping error in the 65th minute for a 3-1 scoreline .

“I am really pleased as when you go somewhere a league below it is always testing and they are a good side,” said Hall boss Cornish. “And for me, if they are flying like they are at the top we are probably the underdogs coming here.

“We played some lovely football today, we moved the ball really, really well and we should have been out of sight at half-time with the chances we created and missed.

“In the second half we took our foot off the pedal a little bit, after the third goal went in.

“It was a silly mistake for their goal, but I don’t think they have created much in and around our box to worry us; we’ve looked comfortable.”

Monday’s draw, meanwhile, has presented Mildenhall with another lower-league side away tie in the first round proper, Cambridgeshire-based Whittlesey Athletic on October 31.

But attention first turns back to the league with Saturday’s trip to current leaders Norwich United (3pm), who have six wins from eight in an unbeaten start while Mildenhall lie 10th.

Current pointless bottom side Thetford Town visit on Tuesday (7.45pm) in what will be a rather different test for Cornish’s side.

“Norwich United, Thetford and then Stow, they are three tough games,” said the manager, who will have Phill Weavers back from his honeymoon but may have to wait until Tuesday to get Kaine Manels back.