Mildenhall bring back the points
Woodbridge Town 1, Mildenhall Town 2: Mildenhall Town came from a goal a down to claim all three points on the opening day of Ridgeons Premier League season at Notcutts Park.
Woodbridge Town 1, Mildenhall Town 2
Mildenhall Town came from a goal a down to claim all three points on the opening day of Ridgeons Premier League season at Notcutts Park.
Woodbridge forward James Heathcote gave the hosts the lead just after the break, but a goal apiece from Mildenhall's strike pairing of John Sands and Danny Partridge secured victory.
Mildenhall started brightly, with the first chance of the match falling to Sands. Carl Murkin lifted the ball into the channel which Sands collected before lifting the ball wide of goal with Tom Ross stranded.
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Ryan Foster, who was beginning to control the game from midfield, then split the home defence with a clever pass through to Partridge. The speedy forward took one touch before seeing his low effort turned away by Ross.
With half hour played Partridge then turned provider for Foster, but the midfielder's header was acrobatically denied by Ross from close range.
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Having soaked up the pressure from the visitors, Woodbridge broke and took the lead five minutes into the second half. Right back James McCabe's clearance only fell to the feet of Heathcote, whose drive beat Josh Pope from 10 yards.
Mildenhall's reply was positive, with Murkin firing just over after a clever cut back from Partridge.
The goal that Mildenhall had searched for finally came on the hour. The impressive Foster fed Murkin whose through ball released Partridge. The forward's pace saw him beat Ross to the ball, only for the keeper to haul him to the floor inside the area. Sands took the responsibility from 12 yards and powerfully fired beyond Ross' reach.
Mildenhall were now firmly on top and Sands was denied a second goal by the feet of Ross after good work again from Murkin.
Mildenhall's winner came 15 minutes from time following some individual brilliance from substitute Aaron Turner. The summer signing from Soham Town Rangers collected the ball inside his own half before weaving his way past two players. He then showed exceptional vision to release Partridge who this time rounded Ross, before lashing his effort past the defender on the goal line.
Deep into stoppage time Partridge, whose pace caused the Woodbridge rearguard problems all afternoon, was again brought down by goalkeeper Ross inside the box. However, on this occasion Sands' was not so clinical, blazing his effort over the bar from the spot.