Sands sets his sights high

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By Mark Williams

SHARP-SHOOTER John Sands is eyeing top spot in the leading goalscorer charts come the end of the season.

The prolific Mildenhall Town striker, who has netted an impressive nine goals in the club’s last seven games, is currently third best in the Ridgeons League Premier Division list with 19 – behind Dereham’s Danny Beaumont and Brantham’s Ollie Mann.

“I have really come into form lately,” said Sands. “My target now is 30 goals, which should be enough to win top goalscorer.

“I don’t think I will have a problem beating Beaumont, but Ollie Mann is my main threat because he is in form.”

The former Cambridge United and Lakenheath striker finished as the club’s top goalscorer last term and, after returning from a brief stint at Zamaretto League Premier Division Cambridge City in September, has grabbed 21 goals in all competitions.

“I think it is down to a combination of two things,” said the 24-year-old. “I am as fit as I have ever been because I am hitting the gym all the time, which must help.

“Playing alongside Andrew Wood is another reason. It is the best strike-partnership I have ever been involved in. We are both strong and quick and a lot of my goals have come from his flick-ons.

“As a team, we have some big games coming up, but this a progressive team, so we can be confident of achieving anything at the moment,” he added.

Meanwhile, the club – unbeaten in seven – have signed Needham Market and former Suffolk Under-18s left-back Jack Wilkinson on a one-month loan deal ahead of an important week.

Tomorrow, Hall hope to consolidate fifth position in the table when they travel to relegation-threatened Felixstowe & Walton United (3pm), before hosting CRC in a Cambs Invitation Cup semi-final on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The Recreation Way outfit lifted the county cup last year under former chief Simon Charlton, and boss Christian Appleford is determined to retain the trophy in his first season in charge.

“Silverware is always nice and I believe we have a good chance of at least making the final,” he said. “We are looking forward to it.”

The winners of Tuesday’s tie will face either Haverhill Rovers or March Town United in the final at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium.

Appleford revealed he was hoping to sign an unnamed attacking option before tomorrow’s fixture, while James Paterson is unavailable for selection.