Mildenhall Town are facing up to the prospect of being without star striker Aaron Turner for the foreseeable future through serious injury.
The front man, who has started the new campaign in blistering form, netted his eighth goal in 10 games in a 4-2 victory over Walsham-le-Willows on Wednesday as Town recovered from a 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Wroxham.
However, he was forced off with feared ankle ligament damage and will certainly miss a trip to Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm) and a home game in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup with Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“Aaron has been on fire and it is a big blow,” said Appleford.
For Walsham assistant Paul Musgrove, the defeat typified his frustrations in what was a seventh straight defeat.
Striker Jack Brame returned from Bury Town on dual registration terms to score, but Musgrove was left questioning his players’ character ahead of home games with Fakenham Town tomorrow (3pm) and Ipswich Wanderers on Wednesday (7.45pm).
“I’ve never known anything like it,” he said. “Hopefully that will be a wake-up call because we need a reaction.”
Thetford Town are looking for a fourth straight win when they host Haverhill tomorrow (3pm) and visit Fakenham on Wednesday (7.45pm).