Appleford challenges Town to prove their title credentials

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Man-of-the-match Alex Steed, who set Mildenhall Town on their way to victory with the opening goal against Diss Town
PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Man-of-the-match Alex Steed, who set Mildenhall Town on their way to victory with the opening goal against Diss Town
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Christian Appleford has called on his squad to prove they are one of the strongest in the league after a comprehensive victory over Diss Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.

In what ultimately proved a comfortable afternoon for the home side against their lacklustre opponents, a brace from Richard Logan and further goals from Alex Steed and Michael Harvey sealed 
the points and a third consecutive victory in all competitions.

With his eighth-placed side returning to near full fitness, the manager is confident they will continue their climb up the table in the coming weeks, starting with a trip to struggling Wivenhoe Town tomorrow (3pm).

“It has been a case of square pegs in round holes recently, but now we are getting to a position where we have healthy competition throughout,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw us now pushing our way back up the table.

“This is definitely the strongest squad I have ever had and probably one of the strongest in the league. It is a case of now showing that.”

The hosts got off the perfect start and opened the scoring inside three minutes.

David Cooper’s corner from the left was headed back across goal by Matt Robinson for Steed to head home.

Just seven minutes later, the home side should have doubled their advantage, but Harvey could only 
head straight at James 
Bergin.

However, they did not have to wait long to add a second, as after 16 minutes Harvey made amends, capitalising on both Diss centre-halves missing Cooper’s cross from the right, to volley past a helpless Bergin.

The visitors finally responded towards the end of the half, but the only opportunity they could muster was through Thomas Webb, whose weak effort was easily held by Josh Pope.

Any hopes Diss may have had of getting back into the encounter following the interval were quickly quashed as, just 10 minutes after the restart, Mildenhall struck again.

A long clearance from Pope evaded the static Diss backline and set Logan through, who made no mistake, lashing a right-footed effort into the bottom left corner.

A defensive mix-up at the other end then presented Tom Dew the perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit, but the striker could not capitalise, dallying on the chance before firing straight at Pope.

He was made to rue his wastefulness just a minute later as Logan brilliantly brought down Cooper’s cross before stabbing the ball under the onrushing Bergin from close range.

The final 20 minutes saw the home side take their foot of the gas as they eased their way to a comfortable victory and all three points.