Football: Spartan rewards
FA VASE FOURTH ROUND Dorking 1 Mildenhall Town 3 MILDENHALL will be on the road once again in the fifth round after overcoming Dorking in convincing fashion. Hall are now in the fifth round for the first time in their 100-year history, but face a trip
FA VASE FOURTH ROUND
Dorking 1 Mildenhall Town 3
MILDENHALL will be on the road once again in the fifth round after overcoming Dorking in convincing fashion.
'Hall are now in the fifth round for the first time in their 100-year history, but face a trip to Spartan South Midlands Premier outfit Hillingdon Borough in round five.
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Goals from Gareth Simpson, Neal Docking and Tom Pell secured the victory before the Surrey side, who play in the Isthmian League Division Two, managed a late consolation goal.
"We played as well as we needed to play really," said 'Hall assistant manager Ricky Cornish. "Everyone performed well and we can now look forward to the last 16."
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Club secretary Brian Hensby said that the team were well used to winning on their travels. "We did have a home draw in the qualifying round," he said.
"We were up against former winners, Diss Town, who we beat 4-0. But since then we've been getting to see a bit of the country."
Now, like Hillingdon Borough, their next opponents, 'Hall have reached the fifth round for the first time. "We got to the fourth round and lost to Porthleven five years ago, but this is now the best the club has done in its 100-year history," added Hensby.
Now Cornish believes it is vital his side begin to climb up the league from 14th place, although 'Hall have played the fewest number of games of any team in the league at 21.
Despite their history-making achievements, Cornish is not getting carried away by the success of his team.
He added: "We are just going to prepare the same way we have done for all the games. As long as we play the game with a smile on our face, that's all that matters, because if you're not enjoying your football you don't play as well.
"There's a buzz of excitement around the club at the moment. If you asked us at the beginning of the season what our best team was, I would say we haven't been able to put it out yet and we're nearly in February. Everybody's delighted at the moment but we've got to start picking up points in the league."
That quest for league points starts with a trip to Essex side Kirkley on Saturday.
n Mildenhall's Ridgeons Premier Division match at Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday night was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
n Mildenhall have been awarded three points from their game against Woodbridge on October 7.
'Hall were leading 4-1 when fog descended and the match was abandoned after 82 minutes. An FA Board of Appeal announced that the score should stand on Monday.