Appleford searching for ‘fresh start’ after Hall are thrashed

STALEMATE: Mildenhall Town's Dan Hitching, on dual registration terms from Bury Town, keeps Haverhill Rovers' former Bury striker Dan Cornwell under wraps at Recreation Way on Saturday
STALEMATE: Mildenhall Town's Dan Hitching, on dual registration terms from Bury Town, keeps Haverhill Rovers' former Bury striker Dan Cornwell under wraps at Recreation Way on Saturday

Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford hopes his side can move on quickly from their 4-0 hammering by Godmanchester Rovers.

Hall were crushed at Bearscroft Farm on Wednesday night, stretching their rotten run in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division to one win in six matches.

But Appleford is keen for the turn of the month to mark a turn in fortunes for his fourth-placed outfit, starting at former club Woodbridge Town tomorrow (3pm).

“We usually finish the season strongly, so we need to come out of this bad patch and start March strongly,” said Appleford. “It’s a new month and a fresh start, so we need to put February behind us.”

Paul Jones (away) remains absent for Mildenhall, while James Paterson (broken ribs is also set to miss out) and Allicion Blake will need to be assesed after picking up a knock on Wednesday night.

Third-placed Walsham-le-Willows have a couple of tricky fixtures this week when visiting last season’s runners-up Ely City tomorrow (3pm) before hosting title rivals Wisbech Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The Willows, who briefly moved up to second after Saturday’s 3-0 success against Woodbridge Town, survived an early missed penalty before Ollie Hughes bagged a brace and Shaun Thorrold got the other.

Manager Paul Smith — whose side also face championship competitors Hadleigh United, Mildenhall Town and Gorleston during March — said: “It’s quite exciting because normally we are just seeing the season out at this time of the year. It makes it even more interesting that we have to play all the top teams.

“We will just take it one game at a time and see where it takes us.”

Will Brown could miss the next six to eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments on Saturday, but James Tatham (groin) and Gavin Johnson (knee) are closing in on returns to action.

Thetford Town slipped to second from bottom with a 2-0 defeat to relegation rivals CRC on Saturday.

The Brecklanders, promoted last year, are now two points adrift of safety having played four games more than the two teams directly above them.

Mark Scott’s charges, who lost James Pipe and Luke Bailey to injury, have taken just one point from the last 42 available to them, but have secured the return of Valta Rocha from Diss Town.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town host Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm) on the back of a 2-2 draw against March Town United on Saturday — with Steven Amoss and Taylor Pooley on target for Stow — and a 6-0 defeat to Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday.

Team Bury, who lost 4-0 at Saffron Walden Town on Saturday, host Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm) and Cornard United on Tuesday (7.45pm).