AFC duo are keen to keep playing on with season ‘over’

AFC Sudbury assistant manager Michael Shinn says he and club captain Sam Clarke want to carry on playing this campaign, despite continuing to suffer from injuries.

The Yellows are mid-table in Ryman One North with no realistic relegation worries or promotion hopes left this campaign, but the pair could return from knee problems to feature at Thamesmead Town tomorrow (3pm).

“I don’t like missing games,” said Shinn. “Sam will play through injuries, but sometimes you have to calm him down and look at the bigger picture that perhaps if you miss one week, you’ll then get a good eight-game run into next season.

“You can’t help players getting injured and it’s not an excuse because there were still players in the dressing room capable of doing well on the pitch.

“Maybe at times people have hidden behind the excuse of some senior players being out, rather than stepping in and taking their chance with both hands.”

Meanwhile, manager Chris Tracey revealed Rhys Darg’s absence from the Yellows’ line-up was because of new work commitments.

“It’s Rhys’ decision not to play,” said the Yellows’ chief, who is on a rolling contract at King’s Marsh. “I see Rhys being a big part of this football club next season.”