Batch warns more still to come from in-form AFC Sudbury

MATCH WINNER: Sam Clarke, whose header proved pivotal in the 2-1 victory over rivals Bury Town
MATCH WINNER: Sam Clarke, whose header proved pivotal in the 2-1 victory over rivals Bury Town

ROBERT DYAS ISTHMIAN LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND: AFC Sudbury 2 Bury Town 1: AFC Sudbury boss David Batch has warned there is more to come from his side after they dumped rivals Bury Town out of the Isthmian League Cup.

The Yellows stretched their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions as a James Baker penalty and Sam Clarke header cancelled out Remi Garrett’s 20th-minute opener from the spot to complete the turnaround and seal progression.

But despite their blistering form, Batch is confident his side can only improve further ahead of a visit from Tilbury on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to Kirkley and Pakefield for a Suffolk Premier Cup tie on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“We created some really good chances and their goalkeeper was outstanding,” he said.

“However, there are things we can still learn from and make sure we do better.

“We will have five or six to come back in for Saturday and so there is definitely still more to come from my side.

“We will face different problems at different times and we have to be good enough to solve those problems.”

The match started evenly with both sides going close in the opening stages as Jordan Blackwell fired wide for the hosts in the first minute while at the other end Liam Wales headed over from six yards out.

The visitors were gifted the chance to break the deadlock after 20 minutes as Ryan Henshaw hauled down Garrett inside the area. The striker picked himself up and took responsibility, keeping his cool to fire into the bottom left corner.

Bury then enjoyed a period of dominance in the final stages of the half but both substitute Ross Bailey and Joe Benjamin fired wide when well placed.

Benjamin called Alex Archer into action in the 52nd minute with a smart save low down, while at the other end Marcus Garnham was alert to parry away Ben Robinson’s stinging drive after a fine run from the full back.

Just a minute later Sudbury found themselves level as Joe Whight was adjudged to have handled in the area and Baker stepped up to send Garnham the wrong way from the spot.

After 62 minutes the turnaround was completed when Jack Wilkinson’s inviting in-swinging corner was met by substitute Clarke to head home despite the best efforts of Garnham.

The setback appeared to galvanise the visitors who bombed forward in search of an equaliser.

Nathan Clarke saw a powerful close-range effort beaten away by Archer in the 70th minute before Jack Willbye fired over from inside the area six minutes later.

With men poured forward Sudbury had the chance to put the game beyond doubt in the final moments when a counter attack released substitute Ayrton Coley, who beat Nathan Clarke but found Garnham in inspired form to push away the striker’s powerful effort.

However the miss was not to prove costly as the final whistle signalled Sudbury’s progression.