Forward Wood shown the exit following dressing room spat

NO WAY BACK: Striker Andrew Wood was released by Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night following a bust-up with assistant manager Tom Youngs
NO WAY BACK: Striker Andrew Wood was released by Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night following a bust-up with assistant manager Tom Youngs
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Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford has stated that Andrew Wood has no future at the club after an argument on Tuesday night.

The striker, who has netted 71 goals for the club, leading their scoring chart two of the past three seasons, was released following a dispute with assistant manager Tom Youngs at half-time during Hall’s 1-0 defeat to Wisbech Town.

After being substituted at the interval, Wood left the ground, speeding up the process of the ex-Bury Town forward being released after Appleford revealed discussions had taken place to move the prolific marksman on in the summer.

“We had been considering releasing him at the end of the season but last night was the final straw,” said Appleford. “He needed some truths about his performance and he didn’t like it, this is definitely the end of his time here.

“He was rude to Tom Youngs and, for me, if you’re getting advice from some one who has had time in the professional game, you take it on board, but he didn’t and left — the dressing room doesn’t need it.

“I don’t want to fall out with Andrew, people will wonder why I’m letting a great player go, but I think he needs a new challenge, we wish him all the best and thank him for his time at the club — as far as I’m concerned it’s done.

“We look to next season now with a number of players needing to step up for their places for next season, starting tomorrow against Stanway (3pm), before Tuesdays game at Diss (7.45pm).”

Wood was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Thetford Town manager Mark Scott admits he does not know where his future lies as the club near relegation.

The Brecklanders are entrenched in the bottom three, five points adrift of third-bottom Diss Town with just two matches remaining.

“I feel I may need a new challenge — I’ve proved everything I need to in the First Division,” said Scott, whose side lost 3-1 to Hadleigh United on Saturday with Ryan Clark’s penalty mere consolation.

Thetford’s only hope of staying up appears to be for the league to decide to relegate no team because Cambridge University Press have dropped out of the First Division and Dereham Town are expected to be promoted from the Premier Division and Wisbech Town have applied to move to the United Counties League.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Walsham-le-Willows — who drew 0-0 at Gorleston on Saturday — visit Dereham tomorrow (3pm).

In the First Division, second-bottom Stowmarket Town host third-bottom Debenham LC tomorrow on the back of a 4-0 loss to table-topping Newmarket Town.

Team Bury — who lost 3-1 to Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday — host Downham Town tomorrow (3pm) before visiting March Town United on Tuesday (7.45pm).