Town’s promotion hunt hits make-or-break period

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Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford has told his table-toppers now is the time to prove their promotion credentials.

Town remained top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after Kris Thomas’ hat-trick ensured an impressive 3-1 victory away at Haverhill Rovers on Saturday.

That result extended their winning run to four matches, but with a tricky period this month, which starts with a trip to seventh-placed Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm), before encounters with Norwich United (ninth) and Gorleston (eighth), Appleford is well aware his side will need to prove their worth.

“We are playing well and at the moment everything seems good,” he said.

“However, we are not naive and know being where we are, we are there to be shot down.

“November will be a tough month for us and in a way will be our make or break period where we can assess where we are.

“Saturday will be tough but we aren’t going there looking for a draw, we will be doing all we can to start strongly and claim all three points.”

Meanwhile, a resurgent Thetford Town will be looking to build on a recent run of strong form when they travel to Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders, who also visit Walsham-le-Willows on Wednesday (7.45pm), have built a four-match unbeaten sequence and followed a respectable 1-1 draw with fifth-placed Kirkley and Pakefiled on Saturday with the same scoreline against high-flying Dereham Town on Tuesday.

Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to bounce back from two straight defeats when they travel to strugglers Wivenhoe Town tomorrow (3pm).

Walsham can take heart from the fact Saturday’s 4-1 defeat came at the hand of high-flying Brantham Athletic, in which James Tatham grabbed a consolation.

A trip to 17th-placed Town may be the perfect tonic for Paul Smith’s charges before making the short trip to Thetford.

Elsewhere, Team Bury will be looking to get over one cup elimination, in order to avoid another.

Ross Wilding’s side continue to take a break from Thurlow Nunn First Division action as they prepare to respond from a 2-1 Red Insure Cup defeat at Debenham LC, when they hit the road, away to Swaffham Town, in the first round of the First Division Knockout Cup tomorrow (3pm).

Finally, league rivals Stowmarket Town will be looking to an end a torrid run of 13 straight defeats in all competitions when they host eighth-placed Saffron Walden tomorrow (3pm).