AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey is calling for his players to show the desire that was lacking in their limp FA Cup exit when they travel to Faversham Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday (3pm).
The Yellows went down to a 4-1 defeat at fellow Ryman One North side Heybridge Swifts in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday in what Tracey described as the worst performance since being promoted to manager in October last year.
The Sudbury chief apologised to supporters following the game and expects far more as they look to redeem themselves at the Kent side, who play in Ryman One South, in the FA Trophy preliminary round.
“I used the word desire at half-time and if you do not show desire you are not successful,” he said. “In the last few years we have done well in one or the other competition and hopefully we can now kick on and do well in the FA Trophy.
“Faversham can be a match for anyone on their day – they drew with Margate Saturday who are going for it in the Ryman Premier.
“On paper we are more than good enough to beat them but on paper does not count and it goes back to how much the guys want it – I am looking for a big response.”
Tracey hastily arranged a home friendly with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit Stanway Rovers on Tuesday to give match time to players who are yet to feature, such as Bradley Thomas and Lauris Coggin, and those who have played bit-part roles.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Danny Charge levelling Stanway’s second-half opener, with Tracey happy it was a worthwhile exercise.
Central defender Ian Cousins (bruised foot) has added to a lengthy injury list with Bradley Thomas set to come in for his debut while he awaits a hernia operation.
Should AFC draw on Saturday, a replay will take place at The MEL Group Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm), but otherwise they travel to Ilford, who they knocked out of the FA Cup, in a rearranged league fixture on Wednesday (7.45pm).