MATCH REPORT | MILDENHALL TOWN U18 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED U16 3
Mildenhall Town U18 were narrowly beaten 2-3 by an impressive Cambridge United U16s side, as the Hall controlled a large majority of the game.
Aaron Smith, a new signing for the U18's, almost gave the Hall an early lead when a corner clearance fell to the midfielder’s feet, but his firm effort struck the outside of the post.
Soon after the Hall took the lead, when Thomas Sheehan played a delightful through ball to Kaine Manels, who chipped the ball over the onrushing United goalkeeper to give Mildenhall the advantage.
After several changes at half time, Cambridge United started to develop their way into the game. Cambridge United's number 9 got in behind the Hall defence shortly after half time, and finished neatly to pull a goal back for the U’s before the striker completed his brace to give the U's the lead moments later.
United's number 14 then doubled Cambridge's advantage 18 minutes from time, after Ryan Collis lost his man and the midfielder volleyed the ball in from 20 yards out.
Second half sub Jake Mingay registered in the 78th minute with a goal that typified Mildenhall Town's playing style, with neat combination play from Ben Nolan to put Mingay past the last defender and fire the ball home to complete a 2-3 scoreline.
Mildenhall Town U18 Starting XI: Reid, Grinling, Sheehan, Odeleye, Ndungu, Smith, Pereira, Manels, Sorenson, Huxtable, Parr
Subs: Leech, Collis, Mingay, Nolan
Dean Hilborn was impressed with the performances that his U18 side produced, and was looking forward to continuing the preparation before the first league fixture. "It was a good test for our squad and we took many positives from it, especially the first half with the calmness we showed in possession of the ball as well as the hunger we showed to regain possession of the ball upon transitions.
"Second half we struggled due to a lot of changes in personnel and shape and took a while to settle but again once we did we started to grow into the second half."
"It was great to see some players playing in new positions as well as others making their first appearance. Plenty of potential and promise in this young talented group."
The U18's are next in action on Wednesday, July 26th against Walsham Le Willows and Barking F.C.