Appleford will retain attacking approach as Hall chase the title

FLYING WITHOUT WINGS: Team Bury's Liam Wales is sent tumbling by Long Melford's Chaise Guyon during a 2-2 draw at Ram Meadow on Saturday
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS: Team Bury's Liam Wales is sent tumbling by Long Melford's Chaise Guyon during a 2-2 draw at Ram Meadow on Saturday
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Christian Appleford insists Mildenhall Town will not change their approach when facing their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title rivals.

Attack-minded Hall have been resoundingly beaten by three of their main challengers so far this season — Brantham Athletic, Wisbech Town and Walsham-le-Willows — ahead of their trip to Aldiss Park to face third-placed Dereham Town tomorrow (3pm).

Appleford — whose charges are one point and one place ahead of the Norfolk outfit, having played a game more — will remain confident of his team’s ability to go on and win the league, even if they are beaten tomorrow.

“It’s about consistency over the season,” he said. “Of course I would rather lose to our title challengers and finish above them.

“We don’t want to get sucked into individual games, it’s about making sure you are consistent over the season.”

Alex Steed is back from holiday to give Appleford the welcome selection headache of a fully-fit squad.

Off the field, Mildenhall have received planning permission to build a new 50-seat stand at Recreation Way.

Walsham-le-Willows know they will remain on top of the division should they avoid defeat at home to Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

The Essex side sacked manager Steve Pitt after stretching their winless run to four matches with a 2-2 draw against bottom club FC Clacton on Saturday, replacing him with Barry Lakin on Tuesday.

Willows chief Paul Smith, who faces no such worries over his job, said: “It’s going to be very difficult for us because players will want to impress their new manager, so they will be up for the game.”

Jack Brame (suspension) and Paul Musgrove (knee injury) are set to return to the 
Walsham squad, but veteran ex-Ipswich player Gavin Johnson (knee) is not expected back until at least the beginning of March.

Meanwhile, life does not get any easier for Thetford Town, who have taken just one point from the last 27 available to them.

After facing the Premier 
Division’s top three sides in their last three matches, title hopefuls Wisbech Town are next up for Mark Scott’s charges at Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm).

On the back of losing 4-2 to Mildenhall and 2-1 to Walsham, the Brecklanders were defeated 4-2 by Dereham Town on Saturday with Tom Dew and James Pipe scoring for Thetford.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town will hope to be in action for the first time in four weeks with Great Yarmouth Town due to visit Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm).

Meanwhile, Team Bury can move up a place by defeating hosts Debenham LC at 
Maitlands tomorrow (3pm), with the Hornets one place and one point above the Blues, who currently sit fourth from bottom.

Team Bury drew 2-2 with Long Melford at Ram Meadow on Saturday, with Ryan Titlow and Ashley Thompson on the scoresheet for Ross Wilding’s charges.

Also in the team was Elliot Hunter, who has overcome a second major knee injury and operation to play again.