AFC boss Godbold: ‘We belong in this league’

DEFIANT MOOD: Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold
DEFIANT MOOD: Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold

Jamie Godbold believes his AFC Sudbury side’s cup results this season are proof that they are worthy of their Ryman League Premier Division status, writes Russell Claydon.

The Yellows put a convincing scoreline over a lower-league side for the third time in three attempts on Saturday — overcoming Ryman One North outfit Bowers & Pitsea 4-0 in The Buildbase FA Trophy.

It followed a 5-2 win at Waltham Abbey, who also play a league lower, in the Ryman League Cup, as well as a 7-2 home thrashing of Thurlow Nunn League Walsham-le-Willows in the Suffolk FA Premier Cup.

And after they were given a second successive free mid-week with the scheduled trip to Wingate & Finchley postponed for the hosts’ FA Trophy replay, manager Godbold has called on his side to take Saturday’s cup momentum into the league to arrest their dip in form.

Ahead of mid-table Staines Town’s visit this weekend (3pm), AFC sit 14th in the table after losing three of their last four games.

But Godbold is in no doubt that they are in the right league — and now wants his side to add more proof with a winning streak to lift them up the table.

“We have brushed aside teams we played last year and I think we can confidently say now we belong in this league,” he said. “Now let’s start winning games in this run against those teams in and around us and see how far we can climb up the table.”

Aside from a trip to league leaders Leiston on November 22, three of their next four will see them go up against sides in the bottom half of the table and Godbold believes it will give a good indication of where they are.

The AFC boss hopes to have the luxury of a full squad to choose from for the first time in a while, with striker Luke Callander (knee) set to make a return. But 17-year-old centre-half Tyler French, who is still training with Ipswich Town as part of a trial, is set to keep his place, should he come through the Under-18s’ first ever FA Youth Cup tie, at home to Framlingham Town tonight (8pm).