Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford will have a full selection of players to choose from ahead of a trip to promotion-chasing Gorleston tomorrow (3pm).
The Hall’s disastrous injury problems during the last three months have all but ended their hopes of promotion from the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this season.
As Appleford explains, it has been frustrating to watch.
“From about mid-October to November we’ve had seven or nine players out every week,” he said. “I haven’t been able to change a lot when a player has had a bad game because I haven’t had players to replace them.”
With so many players missing through injury, Appleford has had to turn to youth to bolster his squad.
“We’ve had 16-year-olds playing for us,” continued Appleford. “Although it has been good for their experience, it hasn’t been ideal for me.”
Town face a tough visit to fifth-placed Gorleston, whose aims of promotion to step four football took a blow last weekend.
The Greens’ four-match winning run came to an end when they lost 2-1 to fellow promotion contenders Felixstowe and Walton United last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hall have not been in competitive action since January 11, which saw them suffer a 4-1 home defeat to league leaders Hadleigh United, a loss that extended the Recreation Way-based outfit’s run without a win to four matches.
The Mildenhall boss said: “We’re hoping to start our season again against Gorleston.”
“When everyone is fit I believe that we are a top four side and I want us to show that now that I’ve got a full squad to choose from.”
Goalkeeper Josh Pope returns to the squad after serving a suspension for a straight red card against Ely City back in November.
Matt Robinson has also recovered from injury to yield a place in Appleford’s squad this weekend.
Appleford concluded: “Over the last few months of the season we will aim to break into the top six.”