AFC Sudbury have added a bit of South American flair to their training in a bid to stop the Ryman League’s most lethal attacking threat.
With the wintry conditions confining manager Nicky Smith and his players to indoor sessions, they have taken the opportunity to try different activities in a bid to keep up their fitness.
One of those is Zumba, a dance fitness programme that originated in Colombia and combines Latin and international music.
Defender Jack Wignall, one of those charged with stopping Needham, said: “Preparation has not been ideal with the weather and we haven’t trained as we wanted to.
“We’ve had to do some stuff in the gym, including a dance class called Zumba. I’m not sure how much it will help, but if we win then I guess we’ll have to do it every Thursday.”
The Marketmen, who were promoted to Ryman League Division One North at the end of last season after winning the Ridgeons League, have had a magnificent start to their first ever campaign at step four level.
In securing victory in 12 of their 14 matches this season, Needham have done so by bagging a haul of 50 goals — netting at an average of more than 3.5 times every game.
“They have scored a phenomenal amount of goals,” said Wignall. “With all due respect, looking at the team they have put out this season, I didn’t expect them to do as well as they have.
“There’s not much experience there at this level, apart from Danny Gay and Kevin Horlock, who have both played in the League.
“I feel they have overachieved a bit and are playing on adrenalin at the moment.”
Although Needham will be missing their preffered strikeforce of Sam Newson and Nathan Stone through suspension, they still most goals throughout their squad, none more so than 23-goal Craig Parker.