MATCH REPORT | EYNESBURY ROVERS 1 MILDENHALL TOWN 3
Two first half goals send Mildenhall Town on their way to victory against Eynesbury Rovers.
Mildenhall Town produced an excellent performance to secure a 3-1 victory at the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground over Eynesbury Rovers as the season's opening game against Heybridge Swifts moves closer.
First half goals from Shaun Avis and trialist Danny Crow set the precedent for Dean Greygoose’s men before a second half goal by Dan Brown completed a dominant display, with only Dom Lawless' 85th minute consolation goal giving the Rovers something to show for their efforts.
The Hall made several changes to the side that started in the 2-0 defeat against Needham Market four days earlier, with Jake Chambers-Shaw, Rob Ruddy & Joe Asensi the notable players returning to the starting line-up.
With promising displays from their previous four fixtures, the Hall certainly started the clash as the team with high tempo, with Avis notching his second goal in two games after Danny Crow, recently of Lowestoft Town and ex-Cambridge United striker, set him up for a tap in on the eighth minute.
The hard-working striker partnership continued to cause early issues and came close to scoring a second for the Hall when Crow caught Darren Woodend in possession before laying it off for Jacob Brown, who had his shot blocked by the Eynesbury keeper.
Danny Crow later doubled Mildenhall's advantage, after his intelligent run was spotted with a fantastic 40 yard pass from Joe Asensi five minutes before the break, with Crow lifting the ball over the on-rushing keeper and into the empty Eynesbury net.
The Hall then found another level to their performance as they began the second half far stronger. The Hall were maintaining possession well and keeping their shape to limit Eynesbury to very few chances, with trialist Joe Hood and Matt Collins showing their qualities in the centre of the park.
As the half progressed, Mildenhall grew stronger, with spells of excellent interlinking play between Hilton, Dan Brown, Jake Chambers-Shaw and Luke Lyndsay causing Eynesbury issues in defence.
The Hall’s third goal on 77 minutes epitomized their high work rate as Dan Brown chased a drop kick from the goalkeeper, causing confusion in the Eynesbury defence, before the striker found himself slotting the ball into the empty net to give Mildenhall a three goal cushion.
Lyndsay and Pereira were both denied the chance to register a fourth for the Hall’s as Mildenhall closed in on the victory.
Some scrappy defending collectively from the Hall allowed Eynesbury's Dom Lawless to register an 85th minute consolation goal for the hosts, but Mildenhall were able to see the game off with ease.
Mildenhall Town: Roach (Trialist, 45 mins), Ruddy, Green, Asensi, Pereira (D Brown, 45 mins), Collins, Chambers-Shaw, Hood (Hilton, 45 mins), J Brown, Avis (Lyndsay, 60 mins), Crow