MILDENHALL Town manager Christian Appleford has paid tribute to Andrew Wood after the striker re-discovered his goal scoring touch.
The former Thetford Town player endured a torrid time in front of goal between November and December, going more than a month without a goal, but after netting a hattrick in the 3-1 victory over Diss Town on Saturday, his eighth in the last five league games, the league’s joint top scorer, with 23 goals, looks back to his best.
Appleford could not hide his delight at Wood, after seeing his patience and continued faith in his player has been rewarded.
“Andrew went through a bad patch of form but we all knew he would get back his confidence and continue scoring goals,” he said.
“We have challenged him to beat John Sands’ 31 goal record from last season and he is more than on tack to do that.
“We are looking to utilise players like Andrew to get the best out of him because when he is confident and on form there are not many players better than him.
“It is not just his goals but his all round play, he certainly has been a big contribution this season and it is great to have back to his best.”
Town are currently on an unbeaten league run of two matches after Saturday’s victory over the Tangerines followed a 1-1 draw at home to Cambridge regional College a week previously to leave them 10th in the table.
The Recreation Way outfit have not met expectations of a promotion challenge, following a stuttering season of results, but Appleford defended his side, as he aims to maintain recent momentum at home to Haverhill Rovers on Saturday (3pm) before looking to progress in the Cambs Invitational Cup, with a quarter final encounter at home to Ely City on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“We are an evolving side and it takes time to gel together,” he said.
“Maybe we have over achieved in the past and created too high an expectation but now it is a case of evolving and getting the right mix of players.
“We lost to Haverhill earlier on in the season and we know it will be a tight match.
“The cup competition is definitely important to us because we want to keep hold of our title, It is also another chance to maintain that momentum and keep up the positive results to take forward.”