MILDENHALL Town may not have had the flying start to the season everyone was expecting of them, but boss Christian Appleford believes his side’s best spell of the campaign is still to come.
The Recreation Way outfit lost striker John Sands to Bury Town on Friday and 24 hours later suffered a case of poor finishing in their 1-0 defeat at Woodbridge Town.
As a result, Hall slipped to eighth in the Ridgeons League Premier Division ahead of the visits of second-placed Wroxham tomorrow (3pm) and seventh-placed Ely City on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“We are still doing far better than we were doing this time last year,” said Appleford.
“Our run of form is still to come and as long as we are there or thereabouts come Christmas, we still have a chance of challenging at the top.
“When we play well, we are a match for anyone and, once we get a run going where we play consistently like that, we will get a lot more points on the board.
“We have beaten the likes of Wroxham and Brantham in the cups, we just need to stop dropping silly points in the league.”
Mildenhall knocked 2010 FA Vase finalists Wroxham out of this season’s competition when the two sides clashed two weeks ago and Appleford is hoping for a similar result when the pair resume their rivalry in the league tomorrow.
“They are very strong and organised,” said Town’s boss.
“They will probably look to change a few things and maybe we will as well with how we approach the game so we don’t get caught cold.”
Defenders Sean Hefferon and Adarian Judge are missing, meaning Dave Werthman and Mike Harvey are set to start at centre-half, while Steve Bell could make his first league start since signing from Newmarket Town a month ago.
Appleford must also choose two from Owen Paynter, Andrew Wood and Steve Holder to start in attack.