AFC break is a ‘mixed blessing’

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AFC Sudbury have no game on Saturday, but manager Jamie Godbold will have his players in for training.

With scheduled opponents Tilbury involved in the FA Trophy, AFC’s next game is now at Harlow Town on December 5.

“The break is something of a mixed blessing,” said Godbold.

“It has been a fairly intense spell, so it gives us a chance to rest some players, and to work on putting things right that need to be put right.

“We will be in for two hours training on Saturday. It’s vital that we keep things ticking over, and carry on where we left off when we play Harlow.”

Three wins on the bounce - 2-0 home to Thamesmead, 2-1 at Wroxham, and 3-0 at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday - have lifted AFC into second place in the Ryman League Division One North, three points behind leaders Cray Wanderers with a game in hand.

The win at Wroxham saw the return of Jack Wilkinson to the club for a third spell. Wilkinson left St Neots Town last week, and Godbold moved swiftly to get him back to AFC.

“He has quality on the ball and in decision-making,” said Godbold. “My first views of him have been positive. He is an excellent addition to the squad having played at a higher level for the past year.”

But Robbie Martin has been released. Martin has had two spells with the club, making 111 appearances and scoring six goals.

Godbold said it had not been an easy decision, but the signing of Wilkinson meant he would be unable to guarantee Martin regular game time.