Can striker complete promotion formula?

TRANSFER COUP: Luke Callander (right) in action for previous club Witham Town, where he scored seven goals in 17 games, ahead of signing for AFC

TRANSFER COUP: Luke Callander (right) in action for previous club Witham Town, where he scored seven goals in 17 games, ahead of signing for AFC

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Jamie Godbold is hoping Luke Callander can be the extra 
ingredient to complete AFC Sudbury’s promotion recipe after a late transfer swoop.

The seasoned non-League marksman agreed to move down a division to reignite his career after a move to Ryman Premier newboys Witham Town was hit by injuries.

In his 17 games, after signing from Vanarama Conference South club Chelmsford City in November, he still plundered seven goals to be their joint-second top scorer.

It took his season tally to nine in the higher divisions from 32 games.

And Godbold is hopeful his capture will prove to be a masterstroke during the promotion run-in.

“Going into the final stage of the season bringing in someone of Luke’s calibre will strengthen and lift the squad,” he said.

“We have not had many options upfront behind Terry Rymer, with James Baker having established himself at centre-half and maybe he will give the team some extra firepower to take a bit of pressure off our front three.”

AFC’s lack of cutting edge saw them exit the Suffolk Premier Cup at the semi-final stage with a 3-2 extra-time defeat against lower-league Whitton United on Tuesday.

And former Lowestoft frontman Godbold, who played against Callander at Stanway Rovers, said he did not hesitate to make a move when he heard other signings being preferred at Witham led to his registration being cancelled last week.

“Players need a run of games and apart from this season, he has scored 30-plus goals in a season wherever he has been and hopefully that calibre of player comes in and gets a goal Saturday to get him away and supporting Terry.

“He is an experienced lad as well, so I am sure he will bring that experience to our team and help our young lads.”

Asked if he was match fit, he replied: “I hope so. As far as I am concerned he is itching to go.”

Wroxham used their game in hand on Tuesday to leapfrog AFC into third place in the Ryman League Division One North table ahead of Godbold’s side travelling to seventh-placed fellow play-off hopefuls Thurrock on Saturday (3pm) before a re-arranged game at mid-table Thamesmead Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Captain Sam Clarke (ankle) is rated 50/50, but Kris Newby (suspension), Marcus Garnham and Craig Parker (cup-tied) are all available.