Holder is confident ahead of Thetford clash

HALSTEAD Town travel to formidable Thetford Town on Saturday with manager Jimmy Holder believing they could be the ones to end the Brecklanders’ 100 per cent league record.

Thetford have won all eight matches so far, and beat Premier Division table-toppers Dereham Town 3-0 away in the FA Vase on Saturday, albeit with their higher-league opponents finishing the game with nine men.

But Holder said: “It will be very hard, but I think we can do it.

“We certainly believe in ourselves and it is just a case of applying it on the day.”

Halstead, who were in action in the League Challenge Cup at Godmanchester Rovers last night, are averaging more than three goals a game in the league so far, having only lost once and will be able to call on Reis Farley-Hearn on Saturday, after five games out for personal reasons, who has notched six goals in seven games.

Speaking of the FA Vase home defeat to Team Bury on Saturday, in front of their biggest crowd of the season, Holder said: “I am very, very disappointed not to go through. I thought we were much the better side in the first half and we could have had two or three goals and second half we failed to step it up.”

Hadleigh United have signed exciting ex-Leyton Orient teenage defender Jack Cawley from Bury Town on loan as they look to climb up the Ridgeons Premier Division table.

A 3-1 win at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday leaves them in 14th place ahead of a trip to Gorleston (seventh), who have won three league games in a row.

Cawley, who signed from the Ryman League side after a brief spell at FC Clacton, was man-of-the-match in Bury’s pre-season friendly against Colchester United, where he marked Kayode Odejayi out of the game.

Long Melford manager Jason Maher has appointed former player Jules Mumford as his assistant manager after he led Sudbury Athletic to a Portman Road cup final and promotion to the Essex and Suffolk Border League Premier Division as manager.

Left winger Callum Smith, 18, has joined the club on loan from Hadleigh until Christmas to cover Daniel Grindrod, who will be on the sidelines till then after fracturing his right fibula against March Town United. Meanwhile, centre-forward Mitchell Yeo has gone to Witham Town while centre-half Peter Flack has been released due to not being able to train regularly.

Melford, who are ninth in the First Division, host league leaders Whitton United on Saturday (3pm).

Maher said: “If we get anything out of it we will have done well but we go into it full of confidence.”

Cornard United manager Chris Symes is dealing with a player crisis ahead of Saturday’s crucial basement-battle with Ipswich Wanderers at Blackhouse Lane (3pm) after seeing six of his squad leave in seven days in the wake of Rob Batten’s withdrawal from buying the club.

Symes only had eight players making up his squad on Tuesday afternoon and said: “I have had to get my contacts book out.

“If anyone seriously wants to play Ridgeons League football phone me on 07811 096832 - there are some good players in the lower leagues.”