Batch rings changes as AFC bid to extend unbeaten run

CUP STAR: Ayrton Coley hit a hat-trick in Tuesday's 6-2 Suffolk Premier Cup win at Kirkley and Pakefield
CUP STAR: Ayrton Coley hit a hat-trick in Tuesday's 6-2 Suffolk Premier Cup win at Kirkley and Pakefield

AFC Sudbury, boosted by 10 goals in their last two games, hit the FA Trophy trail on

Saturday (3pm) with a trip to

Whitstable Town.

The Yellows, who beat Tilbury 4-0 in the Ryman League North at the weekend, eased through their Suffolk Premier Cup first round match on Tuesday with a 6-2 win at Kirkley and Pakefield.

AFC travel to Kent to take on Ryman League South opponents in the preliminary round of the Trophy at the Belmont on Saturday (3pm).

AFC are on an unbeaten run of six games, five wins and a draw, while Whitstable have managed just one win and one draw in their last six.

James Baker misses the tie through suspension and Lawrence Yiga is unavailable through work commitments, but both Terry Rymer and Kris Newby are likely to be in the squad.

Rymer came on in the second half against Tilbury, but a hamstring tweak meant he was rested on Tuesday.

Newby is back after suspension, which has allowed him to rest a knee hit by tendonitis.

“The rest has been 
good for him,” said manager David Batch. “The suspension came at a very good time.”

Batch made several changes between Saturday and Tuesday, some enforced through unavailability, others to rest players.

“It’s good to be able to give them recovery time,” said Batch.

He was disappointed to concede two goals, but praised his players for picking up the pace and tempo after Kirkley’s early strikes.

AFC are scheduled to host Cheshunt in the league next Tuesday, provided FA Trophy replays do not intervene.

If the Whitstable game goes to a replay, it will be at the Wardale Williams Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm).

n AFC are celebrating a 10-year shirt sponsorship deal, with the sponsor chosing to remain anonymous. The shirts carry the letters CWJQ.

“We are lucky to have people back the club like that,” said Batch. “I doubt there is another non-League club that has a sponsorship deal running as long.”

n AFC will be home to Leiston in the second round of the Robert Dyas-sponsored Ryman League Cup after beating Bury Town last week. The match will be played on Tuesday, November 11.

n In the FA Youth Cup second qualifying round, AFC Under-18s host Histon Academy at the Wardale Williams Stadium on Monday night (7.45pm).