Hammond salvages a point

PUBLISHED: 10:25 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

A LATE goal from Craig Hammond rescued a point for Mildenhall Town in their Ridgeons Premier match on Tuesday evening. After a goalless first half, visitors Norwich United took the lead through Adam Smith but Liam Harrold brought Town level with a penalty

A LATE goal from Craig Hammond rescued a point for Mildenhall Town in their Ridgeons Premier match on Tuesday evening.

After a goalless first half, visitors Norwich United took the lead through Adam Smith but Liam Harrold brought Town level with a penalty.

United seemed to be heading for three points with a goal eight minutes from time but in the dying seconds, substitute Hammond got on the end of a corner to earn his side a point.

It was a little more straightforward for Mildenhall in their FA Cup extra preliminary match on Saturday and manager Trevor Munns was satisfied with his team's 3-0 home win over Leiston.

Town were in control against their Ridgeons Premier counterparts and although goal-scoring opportunities were at a premium, Mildenhall took their chances to book their place in the next round.

Matty Robinson opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match when he headed home Gareth Simpson's cross.

Leiston threatened to level the scores but Robinson's second on 76 minutes put the home side out of sight.

A third goal from Ben Cranfield eight minutes from time rounded-off the scoring and set-up another home tie in the preliminary round on September 1 when Mildenhall will take on St Ives.

Munns said: "Leiston were a good side and passed the ball around but we had a game plan to defend well and hit them on the break.

"It worked well and while they probably had as much possession, we took our chances when we got them.

"A good cup run could be massive for the club and we have the chance to play our next two FA Cup games at home which will give us a fighting chance of progressing."

With Town gunning for three more league points in their home match against Woodbridge Town on Saturday, Munns can now look forward to welcoming several key players back to his squad.

The absence of Craig Hammond to suspension will give Munns the opportunity to bring through other attacking options but striker Andy Claydon remains on the sidelines.

However, Daniel Flack, who was outstanding against Leiston, should recover from a knee injury and Joey Abbs, Niall Inman, Lewis Blois, Andy Eady and Aron Rutter are all close to a return.

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