Smith: ‘Redbridge will be no walkover’

FOUR points from two away games has pleased AFC Sudbury boss Nicky Smith, but he has warned it will mean nothing if they can’t beat Redbridge at home on Saturday (3pm).

The Yellows’ manager will certainly feel his side owe their fans one against the 19th-placed Motormen, after suffering an embarrassing 5-1 capitulation last time out at The MEL Group Stadium, against Enfield.

After that, it is a daunting trip to league-leaders East Thurrock United on Tuesday (7.45pm), with Smith intent on breaking into the Ryman League Division One North play-off places after seeing his side pick up a 2-2 draw at Ware on Saturday before Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Chesthunt — leaving them seventh.

“They were two tricky away games and the draw on Saturday could have easily been a defeat, or easily been a win with the possession we had, but it was pleasing to get back on track,” said Smith.

“It was a very professional performance on Tuesday and we now need to get ourselves in a position to make contact with the teams in that top five.”

Redbridge, who appointed ex-Halstead Town manager Jody Brown to a caretaker manager role just before Christmas, will be no pushovers, according to Smith.

“They have got a good budget now and they will be totally changed. It will be a difficult task,” he said. “But we have to improve if we are going to do something this season and to do that I am looking for three points.

“We then travel to East Thurrock and that will be a very difficult place to go, but if we play to the best of our abilities there is no reason why we cannot get a result.”

Skipper Sam Clarke (ankle damage) and Rhys Darg (suspension) will both be unavailable for Saturday while defender Nathan Clarke has moved to Norwich United citing work commitments. Midfielder Ryan Henshaw, who has started AFC’s last two games, has been released from his trial at Colchester United.