Thurlow Nunn preview: Appleford aims to make Mildenhall contenders

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QUALITY over quantity has been the approach used in the transfer market this summer by manager Christian Appleford in an attempt to make Mildenhall Town genuine title contenders.

Despite finishing seventh in last year’s Ridgeons League Premier Division which was seen by many involved as a disappointing result for the Recreation Way outfit.

Once again Mildenhall look to have assembled another strong squad which could rival any of the top teams in this year’s renamed Thurlow Nunn Premier.

There have been changes at Hall with Rogan McGeorge, Josh Turner and Craig Skipp all saying farewell to the club, but they have welcomed Paul Jones, Darryl Coakley and James Attwood.

Appleford said: “Paul Jones has in pre-season shown just what a quality player he is, while James Attwood has looked sharp in the friendlies we have played and Darryl is a big signing for us.”

Appleford is equally excited about retaining the services of both 40-goal hitman Andrew Wood and highly-rated teenager Isaac Jagroop.

“Although Wroxham were interested in Andrew I was 95 per cent certain he was going to stay at Mildenhall this season,” he said.

Town’s pre-season started with victories over Soham Town Rangers and Ipswich Valley Rangers, while the Recreation Way outfit also put up a spirited performance during a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bury Town.

“We were pleased with the result especially as they play two leagues above us,” said Appleford, whose men start their season against Gorleston tomorrow (3pm). “Gorleston is a tough opener as they will have a strong side.”