Town manager remains wary of inconsistency despite form

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Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford has warned his players not to get carried away, despite seeing them sit top of the league.

An Andrew Wood brace was enough to gift Town a 2-0 victory and all three points at home to Woodbridge Town on Saturday, sending them to the summit of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division in the process.

That was followed with another success three days later as Darryl Coakley’s strike clinched progression in the Red Insure Cup first round with a 1-0 win over Ely City, stretching their winning run to three games.

A trip to 11th-placed Haverhill Rovers, who beat Diss Town 2-0 in their last encounter, awaits Appleford’s charges tomorrow (3pm) and despite being delighted with his side’s current form, he is wary of underestimating the hosts, who themselves have enjoyed back-to-back victories in recent weeks.

“We are doing extremely well at the moment and it is great to see the hard work rewarded with being top,” he said.

“However, we can’t rest on our laurels because we have a tough month coming up with some very difficult games.

“We will go there full of confidence and stand a good chance of picking up a victory, but have to be aware of the threat they pose.”

Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to build on a recent run of good league form when they welcome high-flying Brantham Athletic to Summer Road tomorrow (3pm).

The Willows overcame Ely City 2-0 in the league on Saturday courtesy of Jack Brame and Andrew Cusack, but slumped to a second defeat to Hadleigh United in as many weeks, going down 3-2 in the Red Insure Cup.

However, Paul Smith’s side can take confidence from a four game unbeaten league run that has seen them climb to 10th.

Meanwhile, Thetford Town are gearing up for difficult four-day period that will see them entertain third-placed Kirkley and Pakefield’s on Saturday (3pm) and fourth-placed Dereham Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

However, Mark Scott’s Brecklanders will be hopeful of upsetting the form guide after consecutive victories this week, with Saturday’s 1-0 league win away at Wivenhoe Town courtesy of James Pipe’s strike, being followed with progression in the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday, as Liam Catchpole and Dan Morphew secured a 2-1 success over Norwich United.

Team Bury will be looking to bounce back to winning ways in the Thurlow Nunn First Division when they host fifth-placed Saffron Walden Town tomorrow (3pm).

A 2-1 success over March Town United on Saturday, courtesy of Connor Davies and Ryan Taylor, was followed with disappointment on Tuesday with elimination from the Red Insure Cup after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Debenham LC.

Manager Ross Wilding can take heart from back-to-back league victories prior to the defeat as he searches for a response from his players.

Elsewhere, Stowmarket Town will be looking to an end a run of 12 straight defeats in all competitions when they host Long Melford tomorrow (3pm).

Shane Austin’s side are enduring a torrid time, following a 4-0 defeat to Brightlingse Regent on Saturday with elimination from the Red Insure Cup after a 2-1 defeat at home to Whitton United on Tuesday, Taylor Pooley getting on the score sheet for Town.