Appleford wants hot-shot Wood to stay at Mildenhall

MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford hopes he will be able to keep hold of the Ridgeons League’s leading marksman Andrew Wood this summer.

Hall’s start to the 2011/12 campaign was ruined by an injury and subsequent departure to Bury Town of last season’s top scorer John Sands.

But as Wood prepares to test himself against Brantham Athletic’s Ollie Mann in the Ridgeons Premier tomorrow (3pm) — the league’s second top scorer with 24 goals — Appleford revealed his desire to keep 26-goal Wood at the club.

“We don’t want to lose him,” said Hall’s chief.

“Hopefully we will hang on to him and realistically we should have him with us next season.”

Former Bury Town forward Wood has had the best season of his career so far, which continued on Saturday as he netted one and set the other up in Mildenhall’s 2-1 defeat of Woodbridge Town.

Speaking about the game, Appleford added: “We lacked a bit of sharpness and match fitness after the break, but we got the points on Saturday, whereas we’ve played a lot better this season and lost.”

Also in the Ridgeons Premier, Walsham-le-Willows’ assistant manager John Taylor had an unhappy homecoming at Cambridge United’s R Costings Abbey Stadium as the Willows crashed to a 3-0 loss against CRC.

That result saw them drop back into the relegation zone ahead of tomorrow’s visit of title-chasing Ely City (3pm).

Stowmarket Town hope to bounce back from their 4-1 loss to leaders Godmanchester Rovers when they host Cambridge University Press in the First Division tomorrow (3pm) and Whitton United in their rearranged First Division Knockout Cup quarter-final on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Team Bury host Downham Town — just seven days after beating them 1-0 thanks to Craig Nurse’s strike.

On Tuesday, they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Halstead Town on Tuesday, Zehnn Young scoring Bury’s goal from the spot.

“The lads will go into the game with confidence,” said boss Ross Wilding, who is likely to have experienced defender Roscoe Hipperson available to him.