Robinson backed to fill Garnham’s gloves

SAFE HANDS: Callum Robinson will be deputising in goal for AFC Sudbury. Picture: Clive Pearson
SAFE HANDS: Callum Robinson will be deputising in goal for AFC Sudbury. Picture: Clive Pearson

Assistant manager Andy Reynolds has praised the attitude of back-up goalkeeper Callum Robinson, who is now set to enjoy a prolonged run in the AFC Sudbury first team.

The 20-year-old shot stopper, a summer signing at The Wardale Williams Stadium following his release from Colchester United, has found chances limited in Jamie Godbold’s side during his debut season with The Yellows.

But an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Marcus Garnham last week has seen the youngster given the number one jersey and, with a date on Garnham’s return back to full fitness currently unclear, it is an opportunity which Reynolds — a former goalkeeper himself — hopes he will embrace.

“Callum came on against Leatherhead and did well and made some good stops,” he said.

“On Saturday (against Metropolitan Police) for the most part he was fully redundant, he didn’t have a lot to do.

“He’s a good ‘keeper with different qualities to Marco (Marcus Garnham). His kicking is really good, it’s a real strength of his.

“We’ve made sure there have been opportunities for him to play. To ensure that, throughout the season he’s been on loan at Kirkley & Pakefield and he’s played a few games at Wroxham too.

“He’s got a fantastic attitude. I played in goal myself, but even though I rarely had to be a number two, I know how much he’s wanted to play.

“He’s got to take this opportunity and run with it and show the gap between him and Marco is ever decreasing.”

After a run of three straight defeats, Sudbury head into the final two months of their debut season in the Ryman League Premier Division perilously close to the relegation zone.

The Yellows (20th) are still waiting to hear the final verdict on the abandoned game at Hendon on January 21, which Godbold’s side had led 2-1 in injury time.

AFC host Folkestone Invicta (16th) on Saturday (3pm), before travelling to Wingate & Finchley (5th) on Tuesday (7.45pm).

nSudbury were boosted last week by the arrival of Joe Marsden on a six-week loan deal from Leiston.