Appleford happy for team to play under the radar

MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford is happy for his side to fly under the radar in this year’s ‘wide open’ chase for the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, but could make a real statement this week.

Hall host Diss Town tomorrow (3pm) and Wivenhoe Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) – both sides having struggled last season – and six points for Appleford’s men would move them into the upper echelons of the table with three wins from their first four league games.

The Recreation Way outfit will have to recover swiftly from FA Cup heartbreak though, having been dumped out of the competition in the final minute of their extra preliminary round tie with Brantham Athletic on Saturday.

Appleford said: “You can’t take anything for granted, but if we replicate our performance from Saturday we will give ourselves a good chance of not losing the next two games and hopefully winning them.

“I’d rather go about our business under the radar — it’s all about making sure we are in a good position at Christmas and kicking on from there.

“It’s wide open this year and about who is the most consistent – Ely showed that last year.”

Hall will still be without injured trio Steve Holder (knee), Jimmy Attwood (knee) and Adarian Judge (knee), but should welcome back Alex Steed and Isaac Jagroop.

Thetford Town will come face-to-face with an old friend when they travel to meet Norwich United in the Thurlow Nunn Premier on Tuesday (7.45pm), with former Brecklanders star Matt Dixon strutting his stuff for the Planters.

“I have got no problems with him,” said Thetford manager Mark Scott. “All the time he was with us he scored a hatful of goals.

“We have to go there looking for the victory and do the same against Stanway Rovers, who should be one of the favourites for the league title.”

Thetford’s clash with Rovers takes place at the Essex outfit’s Hawthorns ground tomorrow (3pm) with the Brecklanders hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s FA Cup exit to Godmanchester Rovers at the extra preliminary round.

Scott has added forward Craig Simpson to his squad from Suffolk and Ipswich League outfit Haughley United, but is set to be missing Tom Cusack (work commitments) and injured duo Bruno Tavares (torn quad) and Arron Joseph (ankle).

In the Thurlow Nunn First Division, Team Bury hope to turn some promising early signs into six points over the next few days.

The Blues earned a good point against Ipswich Wanderers on the opening day of the campaign before putting in a good display when going down 3-1 to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Felixstowe and Walton United in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Liam Wales scored Bury’s consolation ahead of a crucial away double-header against Long Melford tomorrow (3pm) and Stowmarket Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“If we play like we did Saturday we should hopefully get six points,” said stand-in manager Elliot Hunter. “The signs are there for a good season, we just need to get a win under our belts.”

Stowmarket Town got their Thurlow Nunn League First Division campaign off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over Downham Town on 
Saturday before returning to earth with a bump when losing 3-0 to Cambridge University Press on Tuesday.

They travel to Saffron Walden Town tomorrow (3pm) before hosting Team Bury on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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