Boss Batch unfazed by long run of away days

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AFC Sudbury manager David Batch is not daunted by the prospect of facing an extended period of life on the road with his side currently admits a club record run of eight consecutive away games.

Having already made two trips of the sequence, including a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over high-flying Ryman League Division One South side Hastings United in the FA Trophy second qualifying round, the Yellows face journeys to Chatham Town on Saturday (3pm) and Tlibury on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Despite not returning to the MEL Group Stadium until the end of November, Batch — whose side have won six of their 10 away games — is not fazed by the run.

“I don’t think it will be a major issue to us in all honesty,” he said. “Of course I’d prefer to be at home, but over the course of the season you have to win home and away and so in that respect it shouldn’t make too much difference.

“We’ve been quite strong away from home and so hopefully we can carry that on in the coming weeks.

“The pressure may also be off as well because it is usually always on the home sides.”

AFC will be without defensive duo Ryan Henshaw and Greg Crane for the trip to 21st-placed Chatham with the pair both serving one-game suspensions.

However, singing the players’ praises, Batch is more than confident of coping in their absence as he aims to build on winning momentum.

“Both Ryan and Greg have been outstanding for us,” he added.

“However, it is only for the one game and we are very fortunate to have a good squad.

“There are plenty of options for us to cope and so I feel pretty good about the situation.

“Our last victory was great because the performance was so good.

“We’ve been going well so hopefully we can keep that going.”