AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold is looking for his side to show their ‘bouncebackability’ against Cheshunt on Saturday (3pm), writes Nick Garnham.
The Yellows slipped to a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to bogey team Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday night, and with it the chance to close the gap on leaders Cray Wanderers at the top of Ryman League Division One North.
However, Sudbury have an immediate chance to return to winning ways, albeit against one of the form sides, when fifth-placed Cheshunt are the visitors.
Skipper Sam Clarke is a doubt after being substituted in the 38th minute with a recurrence of the groin injury that restricted him to a place on the bench in the FA Trophy win at Hendon on Sunday.
However, James Baker came on in the second period and is set to return to the defence in the absence of Stefano Mallardo, who will skipper Suffolk FA in their FA County Youth Cup tie at Worcestershire.
Godbold said: “Since their new manager came in Cheshunt have been one of the form sides so it will be a very tough game for us.
“When we beat them 1-0 away early in the season they were very direct but we produced one of our better defensive performances of the season.
“I can’t remember losing two on the trot since I came in, so we do respond well to disappointments, which is an important trait to have if you want to be considered championship contenders.”
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