AFC SUDBURY have given convicted criminal Adam Dalby the club’s backing despite the defender conspiring to rob his employer KFC of a days’ takings.
Dalby, a recent signing from Ely City, played in both of AFC’s matches with Enfield Town over the last week despite his conviction for conspiracy to steal £1,175, for which he received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as 250 hours of unpaid work.
It comes after a history of players such as Lee Townrow (stamping on a player) being chucked out of the club for showing a lack of discipline by previous manager, and Essex police officer, Nicky Smith last season.
Twenty-one-year-old Dalby was sentenced along with brother Oliver Dalby, 24, for attempting to steal a days’ takings from the East Road fast food restaurant in Cambridge off a fellow colleague, who ended up thwarting their attempts.
AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey refused to comment to the Free Press on the situation, but selected the convicted defender in his two latest teams, on Saturday and then on Monday.
“I have no comment on the matter, I want to concentrate on only football matters,” he said.
The club’s four match unbeaten run in the Ryman League Division One North table was halted with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Enfield Town, although this was avenged on Monday evening with a 2-0 victory over the same opposition in the third round of the Ryman League Alan Boon Cup.
AFC currently sit 16th in the table and despite being 17 points behind current leaders Needham Market, with three games in hand, Tracey remains confident promotion can be achieved.
“I still think challenging for promotion has to be our aim,” he said.
“My aim is the 90-point mark and although that might sound crazy to some people, I am remaining optimistic.
“We have good football players at this club and although it means realistically we can only drop another 13 points, I believe we can get into the play-offs as a minimum.
“If we can win our games in hand then we are not too far off the top.
“We have had a good return of points recently so we certainly don’t fear anybody in this division.”
Saturday’s trip to strugglers Ware (3pm), followed by another match on the road with Waltham Forest on Wednesday (7.45pm), give Sudbury an opportunity to return to winning ways and although the manager is aware it won’t be a simple task, he reiterated his aim to pick up maximum points.
“Ware are not having the best of times at the moment and if you look at recent form, we would expect to bounce-back and get a result,” he added.
“However, they are a hard working side and are gradually improving but from my point of view we need to win to hopefully start another good run of form.
“Waltham Forest will be another tough match because it is usually a very difficult place to go.
“They are a very physically strong side and have some good quality but if we are going to end up where I want us to be then we need three points, we have to win these type of games.”