Appleford will wield the axe unless Town improve

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MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford has warned his under-performing players that he is prepared to axe them from the club if performances fail to improve.

Hall have been enduring a torrid run of form of late and were dumped out of the Ridgeons League Cup on Tuesday night after losing their second round tie 1-0 to Kirkley and Pakefield.

That made it three straight defeats in all competitions, which has included back-to-back defeats in the Ridgeons League Premier Division, following a 1-0 defeat away to Haverhill Rovers with an resounding 4-0 loss on the road at Brantham Athletic a week later.

It now appears Appleford has finally lost patience with a number of his players and has warned them he is prepared to make changes if things do not change quickly after being disappointed with the manner of the defeat to Kirkley on Tuesday.

“We wanted to progress through the competition and it was disappointing to suffer a defeat in the way we did by not playing well,” he said.

“Some of the lads need to sort out their consistency, otherwise they will find themselves not involved with the team.

“We can’t afford to keep switching off at important periods of the match, because it is costing us.

“We are missing too many chances which would take the pressure off and stop us becoming anxious in front of goal.

“If things don’t change then one or two of the players might be departing because they are living on borrowed time.

“If they don’t want to improve and put more effort into their performances then I will have to look elsewhere.”

The manager has already made steps to prove he is prepared to shake things up in his squad after the arrival of central midfielder Rogan McGeorge from Ryman League Division One North side Soham Town Rangers.

McGeorge, who has also played for Cambridge United, made his debut in Tuesday’s defeat and Appleford revealed exactly what the new addition brings to his side.

“Rogan brings a lot of qualities to this side,” he added. “He has the energy to get about the pitch, is not afraid of putting a tackle in and just adds that extra quality that we have been lacking and needed.”

Despite being frustrated with a number of his squad, Appleford offered a reason for his side’s poor form as he revealed Town have been suffering from a large amount of injuries, but again took the opportunity to fire a warning shot to those not performing.

“We are not going to make excuses but we have been hampered with a large amount of injuries and suspensions,” he added.

“We have been hit hard but hopefully over the Christmas period we will to get some players back and put pressure on those who are not performing because it appears that some players feel they cannot be dropped.”

The under-pressure squad will have a chance to prove their worth to the manager with tomorrow’s visit of mid-table Gorleston (3pm), a match Appleford is expecting to be a tough encounter.

“Gorleston are a very good side and are extremely organised,” he said. “They are always a threat going forward and I am expecting it to be an even tougher match than we have faced recently.”