NEW AFC Sudbury signing Jon Docker has been labelled the ‘missing ingredient’ in the Yellows’ bid to get their faltering promotion campaign back on track.
The classy playmaker arrived at King’s Marsh at the end of last week after being released from Harlow Town three weeks ago at his own request.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who was with current table-toppers Grays Athletic last season, was prevented from making his debut against Chatham Town on Saturday through illness in the unconvincing 1-0 victory.
But Docker gave a sparkling performance in his first match in the 3-1 away victory at Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday and AFC manager Chris Tracey believes his new signing has a big role to play as Sudbury look to catapult themselves back up the Ryman League Division One North table.
“Whereas we have got people who are quite good running with the ball, he is someone who can often get on the ball and pick a pass and beat someone by thought rather than ability,” said Tracey, whose side have only moved up one place to 18th after registering back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
“I saw that he had been released from Harlow a few weeks ago and I think he has something we are missing. I want people in our team, especially at home, who are able to pass the football and he certainly fits the bill.”
Sudbury, who hope to finally tie up free-scoring midfielder Rhy Darg’s registration to play in the UK after returning from Sweden before the weekend, face a tough examination of their credentials over the next week with trips to two sides occupying the current top five.
First up are Brentwood Town, who have won three consecutive league matches, on Saturday, followed by the re-run of the Suffolk derby at ex-AFC manager Mark Morseley’s Leiston on Tuesday, after the previous game was abandoned before half-time due to fog.
And things won’t get any easier with a home game with current sixth-placed Enfield Town to follow a week Saturday.
“I am just doing all I can at the moment to try and get us up that league as quickly as possible and people who might think they are certain in this starting 11 are under pressure,” said Tracey.
“If you look at our next three games they are against sides who fancy themselves to get into the play-offs.
“Brentwood had a slow start to the season and their home has not been what they would like and we have every chance to go there and get a positive results.
“As for Leiston on Tuesday, we have already played them one-and-a-bit times. They know us and we know them and it is a proper derby with links between the two sides. Hopefully we will be looking at six points from the two games.”
Meanwhile, striker Craig Calver has been released on a dual registration to play for Ridgeons Premier Division side Haverhill Rovers, with Tracey saying he was not currently able to offer him a starting place, though the door is not shut on him returning.
Defender Nathan Clarke is suspended for Saturday while Danny Swain is ruled out with injury.