Mildenhall searching for bouncebackability in Vase

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MILDENHALL Town will be looking to take heed of a recent football cliche when they host Wroxham in the FA Vase first round tomorrow (3pm) – bouncebackability.

Christian Appleford’s men suffered a torrid afternoon at Ridgeons League Premier Division leaders Dereham Town when going down 6-1 at Aldiss Park on Saturday.

But the Recreation Way outfit must pick themselves up quickly to avoid another humiliation, this time at the hands of Ridgeons Premier title favourites Wroxham in the Vase.

“We’d like to go as far as we can in the Vase,” said Appleford. “Wroxham did great to get to Wembley a couple of years ago and we all have an aspiration to do the same, as players to play there and a manager to manage there.

“If we can get past Wroxham, there is no reason why we can’t go on a run because there won’t be many tougher sides in the competition than them.

“The rest will be about getting the right draw at the right time.”

Town’s fellow Ridgeons Premier high-fliers started their league campaign with nine wins and a draw from 10 games, although they have stuttered of late by losing two on the spin – to title rivals Brantham and Gorleston.

The Yachtsmen also reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup – further than any other Ridgeons League side this season — but lost 3-1 at the hands of Blue Square Bet South outfit Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Mildenhall will also be looking to progress in the Ridgeons League Cup when they host First Division strugglers Swaffham Town at Recreation Way on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Reflecting on Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at Dereham, in which Andrew Wood’s 14th goal of the season was mere consolation, Appleford added: “They put us to the sword, so credit must go to them for doing that, but I’d like to think on another day we could do much better.

“They are going to be right up there this season, but we know we can beat teams like that. We just have to be more consistent in our play.”