Mildenhall boss hails current squad

Mildenhall v Whitton Thurlow Nunn League Prem Division'Luke Butcher celebraes goal'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151115-201848009

Mildenhall v Whitton Thurlow Nunn League Prem Division'Luke Butcher celebraes goal'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151115-201848009

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Mildenhall Town manager Dean Greygoose has lauded the current playing squad as the best since he has been at Recreation Way.

The Hall are back in FA Vase action this weekend when they visit league rivals Stanway Rovers in the second round on Saturday (3pm).

And after a David Lampshire brace inspired Mildenhall to a 4-0 win against Whitton United at the weekend, Greygoose believes the current squad at his disposal is the best during his tenure so far.

“I’ve got a bit of a headache for Saturday as I’ve got 16-17 players who are all raring to go, and all good enough to start,” he said. “It’s the best squad since I’ve been here.

“We’ve got the right type of characters and every one of them is good enough to play at a higher level.

“I think I’ve got all positions covered, so it puts the players who are starting under pressure to perform.

“We’ve fallen behind in the league programme, but we’ve got a few games in hand so the top six is an achievable target for us this season.”

Such have been Mildenhall’s exploits in the cup competitions this season, that only six of their last 14 games have seen them contest for points in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

The Hall were narrowly beaten in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup at Hanwell Town in September, while in the Vase, Greygoose’s side have seen off St Neots Town Saints and Godmanchester Rovers to reach the second round.

Stanway (fourth) will pose a tricky test for Mildenhall (13th) this weekend, having won their last four games in the Premier Division, and last season they reached the last 16 of the Vase.

“It will be a tough game,” Greygoose admitted. “We’ve not had much luck in the last two rounds of the draw.

“We’re still a little disappointed that we didn’t get one stage further in the FA Cup, but Saturday will provide another part of building spirit here.

“It’s exciting for the club. We’ve got a coach full of supporters going to Stanway and they are all really getting behind us this season.”

Callum Kearns is the only injury doubt for Mildenhall this weekend, with the midfielder likely to miss Saturday’s trip as well as the visit to King’s Lynn Town Reserves in the League Challenge Cup second round on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Callum played two tough games against Godmanchester and he had a reaction with his knee,” Greygoose said.

“I’ll probably make a few changes on Saturday. Joe Allen keeps progressing and is only 19, but has definitely got something about him.

“He’s played quite a bit for the under-21s and he’s done well for us when he’s come in. On Saturday he came off the bench and scored so he’s not overawed at all.”

n For a full round up of this weekend’s Thurlow Nunn League fixtures turn to our dedicated results and fixtures section on page 142.