Appleford wants additions to help take Town forward

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MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford is hoping possible new additions to his squad can help Town keep moving in the right direction in the Ridgeons League Premier Division.

The promotion chasers responded from Saturdays 2-1 defeat at home to FC Clacton on Wednesday, with a resounding 3-0 win on their travels to rivals Walsham-le-Willows. Andrew Wood continued his impressive start to the season with a brace, in between Owen Paynter adding a second, to leave Appleford delighted with the response.

The manager has added Steven Bell from Newmarket Town to his ranks and with another signing possibly in place before tomorrow’s visit of Great Yarmouth Town (3pm), before a trip to Brantham Athletic in the First round of the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm). And Appleford is pleased with the options at his disposal.

“We want to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s match, and with the competition for places we now have I want to push on in the league,”he said.

“I’m hoping for a couple of good performances in the next week, and more goals.”

Their opponents in mid-week, WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS, will be hoping for a reaction from the defeat when they host Norwich United tomorrow (3pm).

The Willows had enjoyed a run of good form, winning their last five games in all competitions before the defeat to Mildenhall, to leave manager Paul Smith in a positive mood and relishing the prospect of causing a cup upset on Wednesday night when they host Ryman League Premier Division side Bury Town (7.45pm), in their First round Suffolk Premier Cup tie.

“It is hard to take a result like Wednesday because we played so well and came away with nothing,” he said.

“However I have no complaints with the performance because it is the best football we have played in weeks.

“A cup upset is definitely possible. Bury could come here overconfident and we might cause an upset, anything can happen in cup football.

In the First Division, STOWMARKET TOWN continue to hold on to their very much un-wanted 100 per cent record after yet again suffering defeat, this time a thumping 5-1 loss to table toppers THETFORD TOWN, to make it seven defeats out of seven.

Their trip to Stanton tomorrow (3pm) in the opening round of the Suffolk Senior Cup comes as a welcome distraction and general manager John Griffin is hopeful a victory could kick-start their league form.

“It is a really frustrating time at the moment but the pressure is off in the cup,” he said.

“It is a welcome distraction and if we can get a win, it could give us the impetus and momentum to get some points on the board in the league.”

The Brecklanders victory over Stowmarket came courtesy of goals from, Matt Blake, Martin Carter, Matthew Howard and a Bruno Tavares double as they maintained their perfect start to the season with eight victories out of eight. Thetford have now got a break from action until October 15.

TEAM BURY continue to struggle in league, despite their progression in the Suffolk Senior Cup after beating Wickham Market 3-0 on Saturday.

However, they could not follow it up on Tuesday as they suffered a fifth defeat in seven, losing 4-1 away. to Cambridge University Press. Like Thetford, RossWilding’s side have a break from action until October 22.