AFC boss hails squad ahead of play-off run-in

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AFC Sudbury are back in the Ryman League Division One North promotion play-offs for the first time in seven years.

The 5-0 win over Redbridge on Saturday guaranteed third place and a home play-off semi-final, with either Brentwood Town or Thurrock – whichever team finishes fourth - the visitors to The Wardale Williams Stadium Wednesday (7.45pm).

Manager Jamie Godbold, who was appointed in January when the team was in mid-table, could not hide his delight at his squad, stating their current third-place spot was fully deserved.

“The lads have put a fantastic run together since January,” he said. “When I took over there was a big points gap.

“Who would have said in January you are going to finish third and improve the goal difference as much as we have done?”

The Yellows last reached the Ryman League play-offs under Mark Morsley in 2007-8, losing a home semi-final to Canvey Island.

“Whatever happens in the play-off semi, and if we get there, play-off final, the lads deserve a big pat on the back because they have been fantastic,” added Godbold.

“We’ve always said it’s a squad game, and you are playing for the badge. AFC Sudbury comes before anyone, and they’ve taken that on board and we’ve really run with it. I am also pleased for our fans, who have been great. I know what the fans can contribute to the team.”

n AFC visit Soham Town Rangers for their final league game on Saturday (3pm).