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Things starting to click for Lakenheath

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Lakenheath manager Ben Cowling has seen enough from recent performances to know his new-look team is moving in the right direction.

Ben Cowling
Ben Cowling

It was a busy summer of transfer activity for the newly-promoted Thurlow Nunn League First Division North club as a number of players came and went.

But, understandings are already being formed between the new team-mates, with Saturday’s 5-1 home win over Ipswich Wanderers leaving Cowling’s men sixth in the table.

“The signs have been there recently that we are becoming more consistent,” he said.

“In the last five games or so we have played better more often than we have played poorly.

“The new players are starting to find their feet and we have a core group emerging to move forward with.

“Our technical playmakers are also getting to grips with the runs that are being made, when to bring full-backs into play, that sort of thing.

“It is hard to find the time to work on these things with midweek matches, but it looks like things are starting to click.”

The victory over Wanderers marked Lakenheath’s start to life without Matt Hayden, who has switched to Newmarket Town via a one-game spell with Ely City.

Hayden scored eight goals in as many appearances this term, but Heath responded in his absence as Ryan Weaver helped himself to a hat-trick, accompanied by goals from Aaron Turner and Sam Hawley.

“We put Ryan through the middle and he got three goals, which is a great start,” said Cowling.

“We also pushed Aaron a bit further forward and that gave us a bit more balance in midfield.”

On Tuesday, Lakenheath advanced in the First Division Knockout Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory on the road at Cornard United.

Both of the visitors’ goals came courtesy of Turner, taking his tally for the club to 103.

l On Saturday, Cowling’s side travel to Mulbarton Wanderers, who like them were promoted during the summer (3pm).

Mulbarton have made a positive start to the new campaign and currently occupy second place.