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Tom Debenham confident Mildenhall Town have the necessary firepower to win Saturday's Bostik League North Division derby at Bury Town



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Mildenhall Town’s Tom Debenham is confident that he is part of an attacking line-up that can cause neighbouring Bury Town big problems during Saturday’s derby clash at Ram Meadow (3pm).

In what was the club’s first ever season at Step 4 in 2017/18, goals were in short supply, with their return of 54 being the third lowest in the Bostik League North Division.

In contrast, no side can better Mildenhall’s tally of 17 goals in the league so far this term, five of which Debenham has been responsible for.

MNJP-11-08-2018-029 sp Mildenhall No 11 Tom Debenham on a run. (4867407)
MNJP-11-08-2018-029 sp Mildenhall No 11 Tom Debenham on a run. (4867407)

And, having formed a good understanding with recently-arrived flying wingers Emmanuel Osei and Evans Kouassi, the frontman is hoping it will be a case of more of the same against his former club at the weekend.

“Everything is starting to come together and it feels like we are really gelling as a team now,” said Debenham, who is the league’s joint second-highest goalscorer.

“Goals were few and far between last season and when we got on a losing run we did not create too much.

MBFP-27-08-2018-007 sp Mildenhall No 11 Tom Debenham watches as his first goal croses the line to make it 2-2. (4854360)
MBFP-27-08-2018-007 sp Mildenhall No 11 Tom Debenham watches as his first goal croses the line to make it 2-2. (4854360)

“But this season it has been a lot different, and although we have scored plenty, we have also missed some chances, including four penalties.

“With Evans and Manny out wide and them having the ability to go inside or outside, we now pose such a threat going forward.

“Their pace and skills cause real problems and full-backs are struggling to live with them.

Football Mildenhall v Dereham Town Evans Kouassi Picture Mark Westley. (4854371)
Football Mildenhall v Dereham Town Evans Kouassi Picture Mark Westley. (4854371)

“If our lads at the back get into any trouble, they know they can stick it up there and nine times out of 10 they will get on the end of it.

“I still know some of the lads at Bury and while they might have struggled to score as many goals as they would have liked, they have not conceded too many.

“They have some really good players, and plenty of experience with the likes of Ollie Fenn and Ian Miller.

FOOTBALL - Bury Town v Bowers & Pitsea..Pictured: Tom Debenham celebrates his goal. (4854368)
FOOTBALL - Bury Town v Bowers & Pitsea..Pictured: Tom Debenham celebrates his goal. (4854368)

“They are solid at the back, but hopefully with the way we are playing going forward, we can exploit any gaps.”

On Sunday Mildenhall scored three goals for the fourth time in five outings, winning through by the odd goal in five away at Aylesbury United in the FA Trophy.

Debenham, who has found the net six times in all competitions, did not get among the goals on this occasion, although he did set up Jarid Robson to make it 3-1 just before the break.

Mildenhall Town player Jarid Robson Picture Mark Westley. (4854374)
Mildenhall Town player Jarid Robson Picture Mark Westley. (4854374)

Earlier in the tie Aaron Berry had given the hosting Ducks an eighth-minute lead, before goals from Kouassi and Robson had swung the pendulum Mildenhall’s way.

Sonny French pulled one back for Aylesbury soon after the restart, but Mildenhall held firm thereafter to set up a first round qualifying home tie against Greenwich Borough on October 27.

Robson’s brace marked his first goals in Mildenhall colours since his summer switch from lower-league Haverhill Borough.

And Debenham has praised the impact his midfield team-mate has made since arriving at the club.

“He came in pre-season and not many of the lads knew him,” he said.

“But he started the season strongly and has come on leaps and bounds since then.

“His performances have been great and all that was missing was a goal or two. He came up with them on Sunday and it was fully deserved.

“He is a real asset to us and would be a big miss if he did not play.”