Mildenhall Town manager Ricky Cornish pleased with side's reaction to FA Vase defeat
Football is all about reactions. Losing is an occupational hazard – it is how a team responds to setbacks that separates the good from the very good.
And under the lights at Mundford Road on Tuesday evening, Mildenhall Town showed they have character in abundance by chalking up a 2-0 win over hosting Thetford Town.
The game came 72 hours after they had been knocked out of the Buildbase FA Vase at home by neighbouring Lakenheath – losing 2-1.
It was a performance that left manager Ricky Cornish both frustrated and disappointed in equal measure, but he was delighted to see his men get back on track at the first time of asking.
Early goals in either half from Phil Weavers and Tanner Call was enough to sink the Brecklanders, while up the other end goalkeeper Josh Pope kept a fifth Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division clean sheet in a row.
Cornish said: “We’ve created plenty of chances, taken two of them and I don’t think we were ever really in any trouble.
“The boys are doing what they should be doing in the league at the moment. We’ve been efficient, that’s five clean sheets on the spin and I’m delighted with that.
“We’re in this for the full term and we want to be in the shake up come the end (of the season).
“Coming to places like this is difficult, especially after losing a big game on Saturday. You have to dig out results when it’s like that and that’s what we’ve done.
“It was probably more comfortable than the scoreline suggests because we’ve had chances to score more, but after Saturday, I’m pleased with that.”
The quirk of the fixtures computer has provided Mildenhall with an almost immediate opportunity to right the wrongs of the previous weekend.
Saturday they travel to face their Vase conquerors Lakenheath – this time in a league fixture (3pm).
Cornish added: "I want us to put on a proper performance. I felt we didn't do that Saturday, although I know we created a lot of chances that we didn't take.
"We've got lots of gears to go through, we were probably only in two on Saturday. We're better than that I'm looking for us to show it."