Town’s manager warns rest of division

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MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford has fired a warning to the rest of the Ridgeons League Premier Division that his side are yet to hit top gear.

Town have begun their season with three wins and a draw from their opening five games to sit fifth in the early season standings.

And they will be looking to complete the double over Kirkley & Pakefield — who they beat 3-0 on the opening day — when they travel to Walmer Road tomorrow (3pm).

“Based on what we did last year, our target is to make sure we have a much better points total after 10 games than last year,” said Appleford. “When we have a fully-fit squad again we will have a good chance of putting a run together — we just need to make sure we are there or thereabouts at Christmas.”

Goals from Steve Holder and Tom Youngs secured a late turnaround for Town in a 2-1 at Wivenhoe on Saturday, before they defeated Walsham-le-Willows by the same score on Tuesday, thanks to first-half strikes from Andrew Wood and Holder.

Mildenhall visit local rivals Newmarket Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In the Ridgeons League First Division, leaders Thetford Town will enjoy a week off after stretching their 100 per cent start to the season to four matches.

Matt Dixon scored four goals in four days to see of Halstead Town 3-1 and Fakenham Town 4-1. Simon Mann netted the other Thetford goal against Halstead, while Matt Howard and Sean O’Donnell scored against Fakenham.

Manager Mark Scott said: “When you are on a good run you don’t want to stop, but at the same time we have a few injuries and a few on holiday.

“We’ve had that most of the season so far, but it’s demonstrating the strength in depth we have now.”

Stowmarket Town are still searching for their first point of the new campaign after going down 3-1 at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday and 4-2 at home to Whitton United on Tuesday.

Kieren Joseph netted the consolation in Cambridgeshire, while a penalty double from Wayne Proctor was not enough against United.

Stow host Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm) and visit Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Team Bury — who also suffered defeat to Whitton this week, 2-1 on Saturday — could move above Swaffham Town with victory over the Norfolk outfit tomorrow (3pm).