Long wait for league win ends
It has been a long time coming – 213 days to be precise – but Mildenhall Town are winners in the Bostik League North Division again.
Dean Greygoose’s men had not picked up three points in the league since their 2-1 triumph at Maldon & Tiptree on February 24.
There have been some near misses and bad luck along the way, but finally on Tuesday they rediscovered that winning feeling, doing so in style as they put Dereham Town to the sword during a 3-0 victory at Recreation Way.
They were inspired by new signing Evans Kouassi who, having only joined the club 24 hours earlier, scored one goal and assisted another during the first half, before Emmanuel Osei capped a night to remember with a solo effort in stoppage time.
The challenge now, of course, is to build on that performance and result, with boss Greygoose insisting that Kouassi’s arrival has given his side the balance it has lacked in recent months.
“This is the first time since February that I felt the balance of the team was right,” he said.
“I said to the boys beforehand there were no excuses tonight and to be fair to them they were in a different class. We caused them problems all night, and the exciting thing is this is a completely new team.
“We’ve not trained together and there is still so much more to come. The performance was fantastic, in and out of possession. Some of the football was exciting to watch and that has not always been the case this season.
“We have seen glimpses of it for the last couple of months, but this is the sort of side I want to be putting out on a weekly basis.”
After Mildenhall full-back Andrew Camilo-Tayaca made a goal-saving challenge to deny Dereham’s Dylan Edge, the hosts broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Tom Debenham flicked in Kouassi’s goalbound effort.
The winger then got a goal of his own three minutes later, drawing Elliot Pride off his line before calmly slotting into the bottom corner.
Mildenhall skipper Luke Butcher headed clear off the line from an Ollie Ebbage header early in the second half, but largely it was the home team that looked the more threatening.
The impressive Jarid Robson had three attempts but was out of luck as he missed out on the goal his performance deserved, but Osei made sure late on with a rising effort from a tight angle.
Mildenhall: Horton, Camilo-Tayaca, Smith, Butcher, T Boxer, P Boxer, Kouassi, Seymour, Debenham, Robson, Osei
Journal Man of the Match - Jarid Robson: All-action performance from the midfielder. The only thing missing was a goal
* Mildenhall, who drew 1-1 at Grays Athletic at the weekend, head to rivals Soham Town Rangers on Saturday (3pm).