Appleford targets another cup win for confidence-filled Mildenhall

ON TARGET: Allicion Blake scored both of Mildenhall Town's goals on Saturday to set up an FA Cup first qualifying round home tie with Wroxham next weekend
ON TARGET: Allicion Blake scored both of Mildenhall Town's goals on Saturday to set up an FA Cup first qualifying round home tie with Wroxham next weekend
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Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford is hoping his side can take their recent momentum into the FA Vase this weekend.

Hall visit Eynesbury Rovers of the United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division in the first qualifying round of the Vase tomorrow (3pm).

And after progressing through to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the second straight year on Saturday, Appleford is targeting more cup success for his team.

“We want to do well in it,” said the Mildenhall boss. “You need that bit of luck with the draws that you get.

“We’ve not had any luck with players being injured and on holiday so far this season, so it would be good to get some in the cups.”

Two goals from Allicion Blake helped Hall win 2-0 against another UCL Premier side on Saturday, as they saw off Peterborough Northern Star in the FA Cup preliminary round.

“We expect a similar test on Saturday,” said Appleford, whose side beat Fakenham Town 1-0 on Wednesday night thanks to Aaron Turner’s strike. “They are another UCL club who are unknown to us, but we are getting some momentum now and the lads are gelling together.”

Mildenhall welcome back midfielder Craig Nurse for the trip to the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground, while new signing Sam Parkinson from Haverhill Rovers could also feature.

However, Appleford’s side will be without defender Ricky Cornish, who left the club last week.

Thetford Town are also in FA Vase action when they host Ely City tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders secured an excellent 3-0 win over Godmanchester Rovers at Mundford Road on Tuesday thanks to goals from Halen Smith, Sean O’Donnell and James Dean.

Walsham-le-Willows look to get back to winning ways when they travel to league leaders Hadleigh United tomorrow (3pm).

Paul Smith’s side have drawn one and lost five of their last six matches to sit in 16th place in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.

The Willows — who said goodbye to retiring centre-half Trevor Newman this week — suffered defeats at Brantham Athletic (2-1) on Saturday and Kirkley and Pakefield (3-1) on Tuesday.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town look to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches when they visit AFC Sudbury Reserves tomorrow (3pm).

Stow continued their good form to beat Woodbridge Town 4-1 at the weekend, before drawing 3-3 at home to Leiston Reserves on Tuesday.

Stow, who moved up to third after the midweek draw, take on Braintree Town Reserves at Long Melford’s Stoneylands ground on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Team Bury are aiming for back-to-back wins at Ram Meadow when they host Saffron Walden Town tomorrow (3pm).

Remi Garrett’s second-half penalty helped the young Blues beat AFC Sudbury Reserves 1-0 on Tuesday night.