New AFC Sudbury assistant manager Michael Shinn believes there were some positives to draw from Tuesday’s 10-1 thrashing at Bury Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup.
Injuries and players being unavailable meant three young reserve-team players; Shane Benham, Jake Jackson and Peter Maina, were handed their first-team debuts at the Ryman Premier side.
But despite six of the starting XI from Saturday playing alongside them, the Yellows were torn apart by their bitter rivals who put on a clinical display of finishing.
Shinn said: “We half knew what to expect, we had a lot of inexperienced young players out against a very strong Bury side.
“I think that will be an eye-opener to those boys that have come in to see that that is where you need to be if you want to be in this team and that is what it is like week in, week out at this level.
“It might not all be a bad thing.”
Shinn praised Russell Pond for not giving up in the middle of the park, but was pleased with what he saw from goalkeeper Fred Howe and tricky winger Peter Maina, who pulled the score back to 3-1 in first half stoppage time with a low curling effort from just inside the area.
“We went to watch Peter in the reserves and he is someone we both like the look of,” said Shinn. “He is lively and has an end product.
“He is only 18-years-old and I think he was a massive positive for us on Tuesday.”
Bury’s John Sands started the scoring on 16 minutes and added a second fine effort two minutes later.
Howe pulled off some smart saves but Connor Hall finished a delightful move before Maina pulled one back.
After half-time Mark Coulson volleyed home and Sands completed his hat-trick, with his replacement Alicion Blake also scoring three times and Hall adding his second.