Striker believes cup performance gives players a big boost

AERIAL CHALLENGE: James Baker
AERIAL CHALLENGE: James Baker
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AFC Sudbury striker James Baker admitted to being ‘devastated’ by coming so close to beating Eastbourne Borough – but believes the performance can spur them on in the league, writes Russell Claydon.

Last season’s top scorer, who hit 24 goals after transferring from Billericay Town despite having to have surgery on his knee, said: “We are just devastated really because we have done so well. It is just so heartbreaking to lose right at the end.

“We have proved to ourselves what we can do and we just need to take that into the other games.

“This will give us a massive boost. I know it is heartbreaking now but I think we can push on from here.”

Baker, who believes he is almost back to full fitness following a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, added: “We have the FA Trophy on Saturday (Arlesey Town away) and then we are looking forward to getting back to the league and getting ourselves up the table.

“We have not had the best starts but I think we are just starting to click. It was four unbeaten before the weekend, so now we need to go again.”

And the targetman, who has four goals from 10 appearances so far this season, one as a substitute, revealed he is targeting breaking past the 24-goal barrier he set down last season once he gets a run of games under his belt.

“I’d love to beat my score again and try and improve every year,” he said.

“It is my best tally for a while but I want to improve again and see where I can go,” added the ex-Braintree Town and Chelmsford City frontman, who turned down other offers to stay at AFC and pen a new contract over the summer.