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Lakenheath part company with joint manager Ben Cowling after five successful years with the village club

Ben Cowling has revealed that he has been relieved of his duties as joint manager of Lakenheath.

The village club enjoyed an impressive rise following Cowling’s appointment in the spring of 2018, one which has seen them earn two promotions from the Cambridgeshire County Leagues and Thurlow Nunn League First Division up to Step 5.

Under former Haverhill Rovers boss Cowling, Lakenheath also lifted the Suffolk Senior Cup and League Challenge Cup, as well as finishing fifth last season – the club’s highest ever position in the non-league pyramid.

Lakenheath have parted company with Ben Cowling. Picture: Mecha Morton
Lakenheath have parted company with Ben Cowling. Picture: Mecha Morton

Those last two triumphs were also overseen by Trevor Collins, who came in midway through last term to work alongside Cowling and the pair were subsequently appointed joint bosses.

But it now appears that Collins – along with first-team coach Ian Miller – will take control of Lakenheath ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup preliminary round tie at neighbouring Mildenhall Town.

Cowling wrote on Twitter: “So, didn’t think this would happen but I have just been relieved of my duties @Lakenheath_FC. Immensely proud of taking the club from Step 7 to 5, winning the Suffolk Senior Cup and League Cup on the way as well as playing a massive role in the redevelopment of the ground.”

Lakenheath sit top of the early Premier Division standings on goal difference with maximum points from their opening three fixtures.