Appleford is confident of progression in the Vase

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MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford is looking for his side to continue their good form of late in their FA Vase first qualifying round match against March Town United.

Town will be hosting the First Division outfit at Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm) and — after a 3-0 victory at Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday was followed with a 1-1 draw at home to Newmarket Town on Wednesday, stretching their unbeaten run to five matches — manager Christian Appleford confident of progressing.

“We are expecting a tough game against March, but with our squad we are confident,” he said. “We want to get over that first hurdle in the competition so hopefully we can come away with the result.”

Thetford Town top the First Division table and are the only team to boast a 100 per cent record, winning their first four league matches, including three away from home.

The Brecklanders welcome Long Melford to Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm), and after a 3-1 victory over the visitors on the opening day, they look firm favourites for a repeat.

Stowmarket Town have also started the campaign with their own 100 per cent record.

However, unlike Thetford, it is an unwanted one after failing to pick up a single point, suffering defeat in all five fixtures, including Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Halstead Town and Wednesday’s 1-0 reverse at Ipswich Wanderers.

The trip to Premier Division side Hadleigh United tomorrow (3pm) offers a welcome distraction and despite the poor form, general manager John Griffin is expecting a close match.

“I know the players are looking forward to the game and we have a lot of history with Hadleigh so I expect a close match,” he said.

“It is a fresh start from the league and a clean slate for the players to go out and put their league form behind them.”

Team Bury were given a bye after Saffron Walden Town’s withdrawal from the competition, leaving manager Ross Wilding to concentrate on turning round their form in the Ridgeons First Division.

They suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Swaffham Town on Saturday and Wilding is expecting another tough test away to Cornard United on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Cornard will be a tough match and not one we will be taking lightly,” he said. “If we can get those three points then it will be a massive boost for us to push on in the league.”

n Thetford Town will also be in First Division league action on Tuesday (7.45pm) when they travel to Downham Town, while Mildenhall travel to CRC the following evening (7.45pm) in the Premier Division.