Scott positive as Town look to keep their nerve

SMART SAVE: Carl Pearson blocks a close-range free-kick during Stowmarket Town's 2-0 defeat to Stansted in the FA Vase on Saturday. Full report at foot of page.
SMART SAVE: Carl Pearson blocks a close-range free-kick during Stowmarket Town's 2-0 defeat to Stansted in the FA Vase on Saturday. Full report at foot of page.
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THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott is confident his side can continue their steady start to life in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division when they host Haverhill Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders picked up three points against Woodbridge Town with an impressive 2-0 win at the weekend, before slipping to defeat by the same scoreline at Gorleston, following Bruno Tavares’ dismissal for a straight red card on Tuesday night.

“We were very pleased to get the three points against Woodbridge, but we’re a little bit disappointed we didn’t get anything from the game on Tuesday – I thought we were worthy of a point,” said Scott.

“We’re mindful of Haverhill who won’t want to come here and get beaten by a newly-promoted side, but we’re a strong outfit at home and it’s up to us to take the game to them.”

Scott’s side could be boosted by the expected arrival of midfielder Luke Catchpole, who is set to move from struggling rivals Diss Town ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Martin Carter looks certain to miss out with a calf strain while Tom Cusack, who has netted three times this season, is a slight injury doubt with a groin strain.

Mildenhall Town must forget the weekend’s FA Vase disappointment when they face struggling FC Clacton in the Thurlow Nunn Premier at Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm).

Christian Appleford’s side twice threw away the lead, including a 90th-minute equaliser, before slipping to defeat in extra-time against Newmarket Town.

“We’ll look to bounce back straight away,” said Appleford. “We’ve been on good form in the league and if we win Saturday we will be right up there in the league.”

Hall welcome back Carl Murkin and Paul Jones, while new signing Ryan Clark – formerly of Bury Town – is pushing for a start.

Walsham-le-Willows will be looking for three points when they play their first home Thurlow Nunn Premier match of the season against Kirkley & Pakefield tomorrow (3pm).

After four consecutive away league games, Paul Smith’s side have picked up a useful seven points and they will be keen to add to their tally on Saturday.

The Willows will look to build on Saturday’s 3-0 FA Vase win at Harold Hill, where an Ollie Hughes double and Paul Musgrove’s first of the season set up a second qualifying round tie at home to Stansted on September 15.

“It’s not been easy beginning the season away from home, but we’ve got in a good habit of winning games and if we can get three points on Saturday then beat Clacton in our next game, we could be sitting in the top five or six,” said Smith.

There are no injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash, with Ryan Foster returning from holiday to strengthen the Walsham ranks.

Team Bury face the toughest of tests when they visit high-flying Newmarket Town in the Thurlow Nunn First Division tomorrow (3pm).

Having fallen to their first defeat of the season – 3-2 at Cambridge University Press on Saturday – Bury responded with a 1-0 win at Great Yarmouth Town on Tuesday, thanks to Jack Edwards’ first-half strike.

Newmarket have won all four of their league games following relegation last season, but Bury boss Ross Wilding insists he is only focusing on his side ahead of the trip to the Town Ground.

“We beat them last season in the cup when they were a Premier Division side and although they’ll be a different team this season, we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and play the way we normally play,” said Wilding.

Bury also play host to Debenham LC on Tuesday (7.45pm), part of a hectic week with a number of players also on Suffolk duty against Cambridgeshire on Thursday night, before an FA Vase second qualifying round tie against Brightlingsea Regent next Saturday.