Sudbury boss Godbold blasts wait over abandonment

WELCOME RETURN: Craig Parker returned from injury for AFC Sudbury in Tuesday nights defeat. Picture: Clive Pearson
WELCOME RETURN: Craig Parker returned from injury for AFC Sudbury in Tuesday nights defeat. Picture: Clive Pearson

Jamie Godbold has branded AFC Sudbury’s continued wait to find out the outcome of their abandoned game against Hendon as ‘ridiculous’.

The Yellows dropped into the Ryman League Premier Division relegation zone for the first time this season after being thrashed 4-1 away at play-off chasing Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night.

And with AFC embroiled in a battle to avoid the drop in their first season at step four of the non-league pyramid, the final outcome of the abandoned game against Hendon has become even more important in their bid to stay up.

Sudbury were leading the clash at Silver Jubilee Park on January 21 by 2-1 in second-half injury time, before the referee halted proceedings as he was unable to regain control after a melee broke out between the two teams.

But ahead of a trip to second place Havant & Waterlooville this Saturday (3pm), Godbold says the club are no closer to learning their fate.

“I don’t know what the hold up is,” the AFC boss said. “I’m reluctant to say too much, but we could really depend on it.

“Getting those three points would take us out of the bottom four and it would bring two or three more teams back into it.

“It’s ridiculous how long it has taken to reach a decision.

“For the players who look too much into the table, the three points we would have got six weeks ago would make really good reading.

“Psychologically it causes problems, but it’s not something we want to rely on.

“We earned those points. We won the game 2-1 with two minutes to go.

“In the Premier League decisions get made two days after and the longer it goes on for us the more ridiculous it is.”

If Sudbury were to be awarded the three points from the Hendon game it would move them out of the relegation zone (see left) and up five places to 16th in the table.

On a brighter note for AFC (21st), their injury crisis seems to be easing up, with first-choice goalkeeper Marcus Garnham returning quicker than expected and starting the last two games.

Midfielder Craig Parker came through his return from injury as a second-half substitute on Tuesday unscathed, full-back Aidan Austin is expected to be fit for this weekend and winger Rob Eagle is closing in on full fitness.

n Danny Laws’ AFC Sudbury Reserves are in Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-final action on Saturday at Crane Sports (2.15pm).