AFC manager faces an injury headache

MAJOR DOUBT: Kris Newby, who could miss Saturday's league clash against Harlow Town through injury after picking up a knock on Tuesday night
MAJOR DOUBT: Kris Newby, who could miss Saturday's league clash against Harlow Town through injury after picking up a knock on Tuesday night

AFC Sudbury manager David Batch could be facing an injury headache ahead of visiting
Harlow Town, with the loss of two influential players.

The Yellows travel to The Harlow Arena on Saturday (3pm) on the back of a second successive victory as goals from Terry Rymer and James Baker secured a first home league win in four games in a 2-1 success over struggling Burnham Ramblers.

However, Tuesday’s victory came at a price as forwards Rymer, who grabbed his first goal for the club, and Kris Newby both picked up knocks, the former limping off with a pulled hamstring, as both look set to miss the Ryman League Division One North clash.

“It is a shame that Terry and Kris Newby picked up knocks and we will have to see how they go,” said Batch, whose side host neighbours Bury Town in the Robert Dyas League Cup first round on Tuesday (7.45pm), a competition they were beaten finalists in last year.

“It a big blow for us because they have both looked really good in recent weeks.

“I thought they both looked lively on Tuesday night and Terry deserved his goal because he has worked so hard and been unlucky in recent games.

“We will have to wait and see how bad their injuries are and then just go from there.

“It is frustrating to possibly lose both of them for Saturday, but on the flip side it gives an opportunity to other players to show what they can do and it is nice to have quality throughout the squad.”

That opportunity could see centre-half Ryan Henshaw continue his recovery from a broken hand, which in turn would allow Baker to return to his familiar striking role, having filled in at the hear of defence in recent weeks.

The manager revealed his delight with the return of last season’s Player of the Year but refused to get overly carried away with his side’s recent winning run as he remains solely focused on Saturday’s encounter.

“What is pleasing is that Ryan Henshaw has come back and so that is a boost because last year he was our Player of the Year for a reason,” he added.

“We’ve missed him and with that as well we have missed James Baker up front because he has been filling in, which has made a difference.

“It would be nice if we could kick on now, but if I knew the magic formula to that I wouldn’t be at Sudbury, I would be selling it.

“I can’t predict three or four games into the future so we just have to look to the next one, all I am interested in is getting a result on Saturday.”