Mildenhall aiming to bounce back against strugglers

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MILDENHALL Town will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Wisbech when they take on strugglers Debenham LC in the first of two successive league games against the Hornets.

The Hall, who are currently 10th in the Ridgeons League Premier Division, will play third bottom Debenham twice in the space of eight days, starting at Recreation Way on Saturday (3pm).

Manager Christian Appleford, who was left to rue defensive lapses against Wisbech, is set to welcome back a trio of defenders for the match; James Paterson (illness), Dominic Mould (illness) and Sean Hefferon (injury).

Appleford said of Monday’s defeat: “It was basically one where we got what we deserved for our performance, especially in the first half. We were very rusty after the enforced rest, being unable to play and training indoors.

“We switched off and individual errors cost us in the first half.”

Mildenhall fell behind after 36 minutes when a low cross was spilled by Josh Pope and put away by Reed.

Five minutes before half-time, the lead was doubled in similar circumstances when Dave Cooper lost his man down the wing and the initial shot was saved, before Ashley Stevens converted the rebound.

In a more open second half, Midlenhall pushed forward, but went 3-0 behind following a corner, which was flicked onto the far post and stabbed home by Thompson.

John Sands then had the ball in the net for the away side after 75 minutes, but it was ruled out for a debatable offside decision.

Appleford will be expecting to get back to winning ways over the two games against Debenham, but will not be underestimating them.

“There is no easy games in this league, you never know what team you are going to face and they went to Haverhill a few weeks ago and got a win so it is going to be tough.

“They have players coming back and we will approach it like all other games, we will attack from the word go and be confident.”