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Manager Ricky Cornish admits Bostik League North Division side Mildenhall Town need to start putting wins on the board soon

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While manager Ricky Cornish does not believe the visit of Witham Town on Saturday is a must win encounter, he has admitted that his Mildenhall Town side need to start picking up points to kick-start their fight for survival.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Canvey Island has left second-from-bottom Mildenhall two points from safety in the Bostik League North Division – a result that also extended the team’s winless run to seven matches.

Recently-appointed Cornish has overseen three of those games, and although he has seen plenty of reason for optimism in the performances, his tenure has so far yielded just one point from a possible nine.

FOOTBALL - AFC Sudbury v Mildenhall Town..Pictured: Mildenhall manager Ricky Cornish ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (6370667)
FOOTBALL - AFC Sudbury v Mildenhall Town..Pictured: Mildenhall manager Ricky Cornish ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (6370667)

This weekend’s visitors to Recreation Way could well act as a source of inspiration to Mildenhall, with Witham having picked up 17 points from their last seven outings to move off the bottom and up to 16th place.

And as far as Cornish is concerned, his men need to start following suit.

“It is time to start putting some points on the board,” he said. "The lads have had three or four training sessions with us now and they know how we want to play.

“Certainly in the last two games our performances have been positive for 65 to 70 minutes, but then a lack of concentration or a silly mistake has cost us.

“Witham are on a good run, but this is one of the games that is there for us to win. There is still plenty of matches left to play after this so it is not a must win, but there is no denying it is a big period for us and we need to start stringing some good results together.

“The lads are confident, they are good players, so I am sure things will change soon.”

Cornish saw his side take the lead at Canvey through joint leading goalscorer Evans Kouassi, but Adam Vyse’s penalty – awarded for a handball against Tom Boxer – levelled things up before the break.

And it was Vyse’s 74th-minute header that completed the comeback and secured all three points for the hosting Gulls.

Cornish is hopeful that captain Luke Butcher will be available for selection against Witham after missing the trip to Canvey with a neck injury.