David Batch is not concerned by any team other than his own as the Ryman League Division One North promotion picture begins to take shape.
The AFC Sudbury manager’s side are finely poised in the race for glory, sitting eighth in the table, four points off the play-off places, but with as many as six games in hand on some of their rivals following a 2-0 win over Dereham Town on Tuesday.
While other managers may become consumed by the fortunes of those around them, Batch’s focus remains solely on the Yellows ahead of visits from Tilbury on Saturday (3pm) and Wroxham on Monday (7.45pm), as well as a trip to Waltham Forest on Wednesday (7.45pm).
“We are close to those play-off places and with games in hand, so we are in a good place, but there is still plenty to do,” he said.“We’ve said all season if we play well then teams are going to have to be really strong to beat us. It’s that simple.
“It all comes down to how well we play and, if we continue to keep a high level of performance up, then you never know what might happen.
“You have to earn everything in this division — no-one rolls over for you.
“We can only really concentrate on ourselves and how well we play.
“Anything that may happen will be a direct consequence of that and so we will just concentrate on maintaining a high level of performance.”
Despite being dealt the blow of losing midfielder Dave Cowley to rivals Needham Market last week, the manager is more than satisfied with the options at his disposal.
“My job, with the players I’ve got is to get as many of them playing well, whether they are starting or not,” he added. “I look at my options and I know we have players who can all affect a game and that will be vitally important.
“What we will need is loads of effort and energy and, if we keep doing that, we increase our chances of achieving our aims, that is all we are worried about.”
n Halstead Town, who were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday will continue their quest for Thurlow Nunn League First Division promotion with a visit from AFC Sudbury Reserves on Saturday (3pm).
Long Melford are preparing to welcome Team Bury to Stoneylands on Saturday (3pm), while basement side Cornard United host Stowmarket on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to Debenham LC on Tuesday (7.45pm).