AFC SUDBURY 5
GRAYS ATHLETIC 1
Jamie Godbold has warned his AFC Sudbury players that they have set themselves high standards after producing what he described as their best performance of the season against Grays Athletic on Tuesday night.
While the 31st-minute dismissal of visiting striker Lheureux Menga — a case of mistaken identity — undoubtedly helped Sudbury’s cause, it was the way his men ruthlessly put the game to bed that most pleased Godbold.
And following a run of form that had seen the Yellows lose six of their previous nine matches in all competitions — a sequence that included no home league win since August 27 — the manager is hoping a corner has been turned.
“That is the best we have played this season, especially in the second half. We looked like we were going to score with every attack,” he said.
“Every time we got on the ball we got up the pitch and fashioned out chances.
“The message is: ‘that is us’. We cannot pick and choose our weeks when we want to turn up to games.
“That has been a little bit frustrating. We have got the right players in the dressing room, we just have not seen the best of them all at the same time.
“It clicked tonight and hopefully that gives the lads confidence to go on and do better. We have set some standards tonight.”
The score was locked at 0-0 when Menga, who was booked three minutes earlier for a crunching tackle on Craig Parker, was handed his marching orders.
However, the foul on James Baker had actually been committed by Menga’s team-mate Kwabena Osei, but despite the duo’s protest, referee George Laflin stood by his original decision.
Seven minutes later, the hosts were in front when Rob Eagle crossed from the right for an unmarked Parker to head home.
It was during the second half that the floodgates burst open, starting with substitute Jordan Blackwell drilling through visiting goalkeeper Charlie Turner’s legs on 64 minutes.
Liam Wales made it 3-0 four minutes later with a looping header from Jack Wilkinson’s long throw, before Sam Bantick came off the bench to find the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Blackwell’s second of the night — driven in from distance — made it 5-0, with Etienne Mukanya Kabobola firing in a late consolation for the hapless away team.
Sudbury: Garnham, Furlonge (B Robinson 42), Tann, Henshaw, Wilkinson, Newman (Blackwell 55), Parker, Eagles, Greene (Bantick 70), Baker, Wales
Free Press Man of the Match: Rob Eagle
n Sixth-placed Sudbury travel to Bognor Regis Town, who sit fourth, in a rearranged game on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
On Tuesday they return to home comforts when Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Walsham-le-Willows are the visitors in the Suffolk Premier Cup (7.45pm).