Appleford: Hall must keep up ‘unplayable’ form

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Christian Appleford has warned his Mildenhall Town side that their fantastic 4-1 victory at Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title rivals Dereham Town will mean nothing unless they defeat relegation-threatened CRC tomorrow (3pm).

Hall travel to the R Costings Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United’s feeder side on the back of their best win of the season as Appleford’s 3-5-2 formation worked a treat.

Having worked on the plan for two weeks in the build-up to the game and kept it under wraps, Hall unleashed their new look to devastating effect as James Paterson bagged a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Andrew Wood and Alex Steed.

“We are not going to use it every game, but we thought it was right for Dereham,” said Appleford. “It shored us up and exploited their weaknesses.”

Mildenhall remained second in the table, one point behind Walsham-le-Willows, but have two games in hand on Paul Smith’s men.

Dereham are now fifth, four points behind Hall having played a game less.

Reflecting further on his team’s rampant display, Appleford added: “That’s what we are capable of and, if we play like that, we will be a match for everyone — we were unplayable at times on Saturday.

“If the game had finished 7-1 or 8-1, they could have had few complaints.”

Adarian Judge — who limped off with a foot injury on Saturday — is the only doubt for Mildenhall ahead of tomorrow’s trip to second-bottom CRC.

Although the young Cambridge-based outfit go into the game having taken just four points from the last 30 available to them, Appleford is wary of them.

“I’m not sure why it’s not really working for them at the moment,” he said, having watched them twice this season.”

Appleford also believes as many as six teams will remain in the title race until the latter stages of the season, and hopes his side can overcome some tough games in the next two months — including home fixtures with Brantham Athletic and Hadleigh United — to be part of that.