godbold’s ruthless streak

TOP GEAR! Jamie Godbold believes his AFC squad still have room to improve. ANL-150419-212157009
TOP GEAR! Jamie Godbold believes his AFC squad still have room to improve. ANL-150419-212157009
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Jamie 
Godbold is backing his AFC Sudbury squad to show their ruthless streak.

The Yellows are looking to make it four Ryman League Division One North wins in a row as they prepare to travel to Harlow Town this Saturday (3pm).

And the AFC boss has been stressing the importance of not giving their rivals an inch at both ends of the pitch.

“I’ve been speaking over the last two or three weeks about being ruthless in both areas,” said Godbold.

“It’s not just about scoring goals, we also need to keep them out at the other end.

“We’ve only conceded one in the last four league games.”

AFC currently sit fourth in the standings, but remain just six points away from leaders Cray Wanderers, with the luxury of two games in hand.

However, their goal difference of +12 is currently the lowest in the top nine.

Godbold is aware that this is important in such a tightly-contested division, but his main aim remains winning matches rather than gambling on goals.

“I think three points first and foremost,” he added. “Each game will be different.”

Harlow - who have ex-Reading, Ipswich, Stoke and Portsmouth defender Ibrahima Sonko in their ranks - came within a whisker of promotion last season, finishing in second, a solitary point behind champions Needham Market and 13 points ahead of third-place AFC.

They sit in ninth spot but are playing catch up after some good cup runs, knowing victory at the Harlow Arena, also a 3G surface, could see them claw back some ground on the leading pack.

Godbold is aware of the threat the Hawks pose, but he believes his squad can still push on to another level.

He added: “I think it will be a terrific game of football.

“They’re a good side who nearly got promoted last year, and they’ve got ex-Premier League players in their side.

“But our camp is a happy one. The team are probably in fourth gear and we’ve still got one more gear to go up to.

“Considering where we are in the table, it’s good to know we still haven’t hit top form.”

Godbold believes his team are ‘itching’ to get back to action after their blank weekend, even if the manager says the break was the perfect opportunity for the Yellows to freshen up.

But one player in action on Saturday was teenager Wayne Blackman, who has joined Clacton on loan.

“We’ve got to look after our young players as they continue to develop,” Godbold added.

“He’s not developing if he’s on the bench, he needs to be playing regular competitive games. Clacton will get that benefit in the short term, but in the long term this is definitely to our benefit.”

AFC are relaunching their fundraising lottery, which it hopes will raise funds to support young people in the area as well as raise funds for a minibus for the youth section.

Week 31 winners in the AFC Gold fundraiser: £100 Miss V Paxton, 230, Jubilee Road, Sudbury; £10 D Palmer-Randle, 115, Lancaster Road, Sudbury; £10 A. Paxton, 240, Jubilee Road, Sudbury.