Town looking to make the most of home advantage after long-awaited return

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Mildenhall Town hope to host a league game for the first time in five weeks when CRC visit 
Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

Hall (9th) managed to recover from 3-0 down after 42 minutes at promotion-chasing Gorleston, but couldn’t find a late equaliser in a 4-3 defeat, with Steve Holder (two) and Allicion Blake grabbing the goals in their first competitive match since January 11.

And Town boss Christian Appleford couldn’t fault his side’s efforts.

“It was one of the few times we’ve had Allicion Blake and Steve Holder playing together,” he said. “The pair added real purpose about our play.

“The positives of the break is that the lads out through long-term injuries didn’t miss out on as many games, but you can’t beat match fitness; we were still rusty on Saturday.”

Aaron Turner returns to the squad, while Josh Pope (suspension) and Matt Robinson (injury) miss out.

At the other of the table, Thetford Town will head into Tuesday’s encounter at promotion-chasing Brightlingsea Regent (7.45pm) in search of a third consecutive victory after successive home wins against Stanway Rovers and Diss Town.

In the First Division, Team Bury (9th) will be looking to reignite their promotion hopes when they travel to league-leaders Fakenham Town tomorrow (3pm).

They head to Clipbush Park for their first away fixture in five weeks, and first game for a month, after the recent weather halted the momentum gained from an away win at fellow promotion-contenders Halstead Town.

“It’s like a first game of the season,” said manager Ross Wilding.

“It’s important that we avoid defeat and build on it for the games ahead.”

The Ram Meadow-based outfit will be without top goalscorer David Lampshire, but will welcome James Tatham to the squad, who joined on loan from Premier side Walsham-le-Willows earlier this week.

Stowmarket Town (15th) are also hoping to get back into action when they host Downham Town at Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm) after a two-week break from action following league and cup postponements, against Whitton United and Great Yarmouth Town.

“It’s been frustrating having no match in the last two weeks,” said Stow boss Rick Andrews.

“The next six-to-eight weeks are huge for us as we’ve got a run of games against teams around us.”

Town will welcome back Carl Widdowson from suspension, while Ben Licence (fractured toe) misses out.