‘No frills’ AFC now third

ON TARGET: James Baker, pictured in action against Heybridge Swifts, was on target from the spot in Tuesday night's victory'
ON TARGET: James Baker, pictured in action against Heybridge Swifts, was on target from the spot in Tuesday night's victory'

AFC Sudbury moved into third place in Ryman League Division One North on Tuesday, following their 2-1 win at struggling Brentwood Town.

Manager David Batch described it saying: “A good performance without any real frills on an awkward pitch. But an away win on a Tuesday night is always a good result.”

Goals from Ryan Henshaw and James Baker put AFC in the driving seat, but Batch felt his team were robbed when Steve Spriggs had a goal disallowed for offside late on.

“I was in line and it was a perfectly good goal. But the only real disappointment was Brentwood’s late goal. We should really have won by three or four.”

As well as a good result, there was welcome news for AFC that Michael Shinn’s absence with ligament damage may not be as long as feared.

He was named among the substitutes on Tuesday, and is likely to be in the squad again on Saturday when Ryman Division One South Worthing visit the MEL Group Stadium in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy (3pm).

Ross Watson, injured last week, is likely to be in the squad for Tuesday night’s home Suffolk Premier Cup game against Thurlow Nunn League Felixstowe and Walton United (7.45pm).

But Batch will not hurry either player back. “We don’t want to bring them back too early. An extra three or four days to recover is a bit more insurance,” he said.

Worthing are an unknown quantity. “We have to make sure we come out of the blocks quickly and are flexible enough to deal with any strengths or weaknesses they have,” said Batch, who wants the tie settled on Saturday rather than face a Wednesday trip to the south coast for a replay.

Tom Cutts, who was on dual registration with Diss Town, has left the club. He has moved from the area, signing for Aylesbury Town on Batch’s recommendation.

Michael Brothers, who found work and family commitments restricting his availability, has gone on loan to Stanway Rovers for three months.

AFC have been drawn away to Needham Market in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday, October 12.

But Sleaford Town’s appeal against being thrown out of the competition has yet to be heard. A successful appeal would mean AFC travelling to Lincolnshire for a second qualifying round tie.