Wivenhoe Town 2 - 0 Mildenhall Town
Parkin double gives Dragons survival hope.
Wivenhoe Town - Peter Haxell, Joe Davis, Miguel Nydam, Ben Lampon, Tim Dennis, Ben Connell (c), Marley Spindler, Charlie Goodlake (sub - Peter Maina 80), Ben Parkin, Andy Schofield, Lewis Blanchett (sub - Mike Schofield) Unused subs - Hasan Ayten, Luke Goldie-McSorley
Wivenhoe Town kicked off towards the Justine Parker stand with a strong gusty wind at their backs, the conditions made it difficult for both sides in the first half. Lewis Blanchett returned to the Wivenhoe squad in place of the injured Reece Keating to play in a more attacking position with Miguel Nydam moving to full back in place of Peter Maina.
The early part of the match saw the ’hall carve out a couple of good opportunities with Peter Haxell called into action and making one good block from a one on one chance. With about ten minutes of the half remaining Lewis Blanchett picked up a loose ball from a corner and struck a low shot at goal, the effort beat the stranded keeper but was cleared off the line by a defenders foot. The opening goal came when Charlie Goodlake chased a long ball behind the Mildenhall defence and collected it inside the area just before the keeper arrived. The resulting collision was enough for the referee to deem a foul had been committed and award a penalty with Mildenhall keeper Pope receiving a yellow card. Ben Parkin stepped up and slotted the ball low into the goal with the keeper diving the wrong way. The Dragons carried that narrow lead into the half time break.
The opening exchanges of the second half saw headed chances at both ends. For Wivenhoe, Lewis Blanchett stooped to nod a crossed ball wide, whilst Mildenhall saw a leaping headed effort go wide from a set piece. Peter Haxell then produced a moment of brilliance to keeper the Dragons in front. A well worked move from Mildenhall created a well struck effort that looked to be going in but from what seemed like nowhere Haxell appeared at full stretch to push the ball round the post. The winning goal was again assisted by a foul on Charlie Goodlake. The winger beat his man and was headed towards the box when he received a kick from behind bringing him down. Charlie then swung the free kick towards the back post where Ben Parkin had found himself enough space to dive and head the ball into the net, 2 - 0 to the Dragons!
The final whistle signalled the end of a run of four defeats for Wivenhoe Town and took them back within two points of Premier Division safety. It was three valuable points the Dragons deserved for putting in an excellent performance on the back of a disappointing weekend of Easter results.