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Hall manager has no interest in draws with title race heating up

MIDFIELD BATTLE: Ryan Foster gets stuck in during Walsham-le-Willows 3-0 defeat to Dereham Town at Summer Road on Saturday. The loss leaves the Willows with an uphill task to remain in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title hunt

MIDFIELD BATTLE: Ryan Foster gets stuck in during Walsham-le-Willows 3-0 defeat to Dereham Town at Summer Road on Saturday. The loss leaves the Willows with an uphill task to remain in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title hunt

Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford believes his side’s win or bust approach to the Thurlow Nunn Premier title race has kept them in it.

Hall beat Wivenhoe Town 1-0 on Saturday, but they missed the opportunity to return to the summit when their trip to Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday was postponed 25 minutes before kick-off.

The Recreation Way-based outfit have drawn just once in the league all season — fewer than anyone else in the division — to leave them hot on the heels of table-toppers Brantham Athletic ahead of tomorrow’s trip to fifth-placed Gorleston (3pm).

“Sometimes getting a point won’t make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things, so we won’t be going to Gorleston to get a point,” said Appleford, whose charges are second in the table, one point behind Brantham having played a game more.

“The key to our season has been making sure we bounce back from any loss with a succession of wins — we’ve lost two games in a row just once this season.”

Steve Holder (groin) and Kris Thomas (ankle) are doubts for tomorrow’s game, but Adarian Judge and Dave Cooper should have overcome illness to feature.

With just four points separating the top five, a win for Gorleston would take them above Mildenhall.

Title rivals Walsham-le-Willows suffered a key defeat to fellow high-flyers Dereham Town on Saturday, going down 3-0 at Summer Road, and must bounce back when they travel to Kirkley and Pakefield tomorrow (3pm).

At the other end of the table, Thetford Town suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 defeat to Norwich United on Saturday, but boss Mark Scott believes they have the tools to survive ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Felixstowe and Walton United (3pm), for whom ex-Brecklanders assistant manager Kevin O’Donnell is now in charge.

“We just need that little bit of luck and something to click,” said Scott, who signed Steve Kedian, Camara Harriott and Walsham youngster Elliott Smith ahead of the match, as well as the returning Bruno Tavares. “If you get one victory, you can go on a bit of run.”

In the First Division, second-bottom Stowmarket Town defeated bottom club Cornard United 2-1 on Saturday — thanks to a brace from teenage striker Taylor Pooley.

They host Fakenham Town tomorrow (3pm) and Great Yarmouth Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Stow suffered a setback on Tuesday when they lost 4-0 at Team Bury, with Ryan Taylor’s hat-trick adding to Ryan Titlow’s opener.

Ross Wilding’s youngsters welcome title-chasing Newmarket Town to Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm) before travelling north to Fakenham on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Tuesday’s win should give the boys some confidence,” said boss Wilding. “We won’t fear Newmarket.”

 

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