Mildenhall Town boss Christian Appleford backs recently-signed forward duo to strike the club to success
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Mildenhall Town boss Christian Appleford is excited about the potential partnership recently-signed forward duo Steve Holder and Richard Logan can strike together at Recreation Way.
Holder rejoined the club close to his heart from Bury Town at the end of September, while Logan swapped the blue of Hadleigh United for the gold of Mildenhall a little over two weeks ago after a successful spell under Appleford at Hall last season.
The pair started their first game of the season together in the 3-0 win over Thurlow Nunn Premier Division basement dwellers Diss Town in midweek, and Appleford thinks the two can form a deadly partnership.
“Loges and Steve linked really well together against Diss, and against Hadleigh on Saturday to be fair (a 0-0 draw),” added Appleford.
“Loges is one of those players who as he gets fitter and fitter, will only get better and better.
“He brings others in to play, he’s an intelligent footballer who doesn’t lose the ball, and I think him and Steve will continue to link really well for us.”
Since his return, Holder has bagged five goals in nine appearances for Hall, while Logan is yet to find the net in three games, but Appleford only thinks it’s only a matter of time and fitnes before the former Ipswich Town trainee finds his feet and bags goals.
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Fellow striker Adam Burroughs has scored nine goals to date, while Aaron Turner, although currently injured with a long-term problem, has also impressed – finding the net 10 times in the 11 appearances he has made.
Frontman Allicion Blake has also contributed nine goals this season, but is being allowed to move on by Appleford as the boss explains.
He said: “We’ve put Blakey on the transfer list.
“We’ve had a few enquiries and it’s nothing personal - we haven’t fallen out or anything like that.
“We just feel that we need something different, and that he needs something different.
“He wants to stay, but for both parties I think it’s right if he moves on – he’s a good striker, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him try and push on and play a bit higher.”
Ryan Foster has also been told he is free to leave Recreation Way as Appleford continues to tinker with his inconsistent squad.
“One thing we are looking at is improving the lads’ attitudes,” continued Appleford. “We need consistency and competitiveness and I felt that in the last two games the squad has shown that.”
The last week has been a good one for Hall having accumulated four points out of a possible six in league action, with victory at Diss, and a hard-fought home draw against Hadleigh.
“It was an ‘everything to lose’ situation at Diss, where we put in a professional performance,” added Appleford, whose side ran away 3-0 winners, with Holder grabbing a brace.
“We carried that on against Hadleigh, where, to be fair, I thought it was a good game.
“0-0 games don’t always look enthralling but this was a pretty good one. They shaded possession in the first half, but we did in the second half, and maybe if there was going to be one side to win it would have perhaps been us.
“It was a good game for the neutral though and a good advert for the league - by holding the champions we certainly showed that we can compete.”
This coming Saturday, Mildenhall welcome another big non-league Suffolk side - in the form of Felixstowe & Walton United, who will look to bounce back from their disappointing 3-1 FA Vase exit last weekend at Bedforshire-based AFC Kempston.