Town can give signal of intent

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MILDENHALL Town can send a statement out to the rest of the Ridgeons League Premier Division tomorrow (3pm) by turning over league leaders Dereham Town in Norfolk, writes Derek Bish.

Christian Appleford’s men are four points behind their hosts with two games in hand, although Wroxham sit between the two having played a game less than third-placed Mildenhall.

And the Recreation Way outfit go into the game buoyed by the return of last season’s top scorer John Sands, who could go straight into the starting line-up at Aldiss Park.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but we are going there full of confidence,” said boss Appleford. “It’s going to be difficult for me to pick my starting XI based on Tuesday night’s win and Saturday’s victory as everyone performed.”

Carl Murkin bagged a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Owen Paynter and Andrew Wood — the latter’s 13th goal of the season — on a 4-1 over Great Yarmouth Town.

Four days later, in the Ridgeons League Cup, Steve Holder scored a late winner as Town overcame Brantham Athletic.

Mildenhall begin the defence of their Cambs Invitation Cup trophy at home against CRC on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Tomorrow (3pm), Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to move out of the Premier Division dropzone by returning to winning ways at Stanway Rovers (3pm).

The following Wednesday (7.45pm), the Willows host relegation rivals Newmarket Town.

Following Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat in the Suffolk Premier Cup at the hands of Bury Town, Walsham boss Paul Smith said: “I’ve said to the boys if you play like that until the end of the season, you won’t be far wrong.

“The Newmarket match is a big one, we need to win that. Nothing is a dead-cert, but that is the one we really need to get three points.

“The match against Stanway on Saturday will be hard and anything we get will be a bonus, but the following Wednesday is the big one.”

Thetford Town manager Mark Scott is “not unduly worried” about his side’s break from Ridgeons First Division action.

The Brecklanders are in the middle of a four-week stretch without league action, and by the time they return to their league programme on October 29 they could find themselves off the top of the league through no fault of their own.

Town have won all eight league fixtures so far this campaign, but take a break to travel to Swaffham Town in the third round of the Norfolk Senior Cup tomorrow (3pm).

Scott, whose side reached the semi-finals before succumbing to King’s Lynn last year, said: “I’d like to think I have the squad that could go a step further and reach the final.

“But I know there are some tough teams that are to come into the competition.”

One of those sides is Norwich City Reserves, and with the Canaries playing all their matches in the competition away from home, there is the potential for Thetford to draw a money-spinning tie.

Pointless Stowmarket Town host Brightlingsea Regent at Greens Meadow tomorrow, while Team Bury are once again without a game.