Mildenhall Town 1 Godmanchester Rovers 3
Goals: Parr, Yeomans, James Hall
MoM: Lewis McDonald
Match Report by Matty Haniver
We had a bit of bee in our bonnet from the last game as we felt we had massively underperformed and let Mildenhall off the hook.
With Moran and Shinn unavailable, we had to make one change to the team that started against Gorleston last week, with Kerrigan coming in for his first start since August following hamstring problems.
On an immaculate surface that was slicked by heavy morning rain, we knew we would be in for a high tempo game against a typically well organised, hardworking Town team.
After a frantic start ,Kerrigan did well to carve a opening after a brilliant counter led by the impressive Micky Hyem, but choked his shot horribly wide when well placed.
It wasn’t until the 32nd minute that either keeper was tested as Blackwell saw a tame 25yard effort easily saved.
With the home team having more territory but not testing Conroy in goal, we sensed that if we could click on counters we would be able to nudge ourselves in front. And so it proved to be. Kerrigan did well to ride challenges and spread the ball to Hall who sent over a delicious cross for captain TAYLOR PARR who crashed in a bullet header at the far post.
It was a rare bit of quality in an attritional high tempo game.
Just before half time the home side had a good sighter of our goal. A long free kick was delivered deep into our box, a header across goal was then headed over from 6 yards, when perhaps the boy should have worked Niall.
Again the home team threatened from a carbon copy, which saw an outstretched foot guide the ball over this time
Unwin who took a knock was replaced on 48 minutes by Haniver and two minutes later Blackwell headed over after Groves had won a towering knock down to create a good opening.
Straight up the other end a fantastic Mildenhall delivery saw the opposite wide man control and fire inches over. It was a let off, and reminder of the quality the home side have in wide areas in particular.
Just before the hour a McDonald free kick was whipped into the home box, Diaper volleyed goalwards, the ball was spilled by Pope in goal and that man JAMES HALL was on hand to poach his 20th of the campaign.
Kerrigan was replaced by Spark who watched on as Blackwell shot wide and Parr blazed over, before Niall turned away an effort with his foot after more good play out wide.
On 80 with the home side throwing everything at us, Conroy again had to be at his best to turn aside a brilliant downward header after an excellent wide delivery.
Hall had a shot drift wide, before the home side were given a life line. A wide free kick was headed home from close range by Green after he had lost Diaper to sneak in.
Any potential nerves were settled when BEN YEOMENS, who had replaced Blackwell on 75, latched onto a mix up in the home defence to stroke home from the edge of the box with the goal unguarded in injury time.
Although not at our fluent best the team showed other qualities, qualities you must have to be successful in anything you do.
In midweek we face Potton in the cup before we face Mildenhall again in the Vase 1st round on Saturday 31st.
We hope to have positive performances and results in both.
See you at the far post.