AFC aren’t ducking St Neots challenge

INJURY RETURN? James Baker is hoping to prove his fitness
INJURY RETURN? James Baker is hoping to prove his fitness
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AFC Sudbury are not set to be sitting ducks in the FA Trophy at St Neots Town on Saturday — but they will be trying to line their own up to sink them.

That’s according to manager David Batch who, in his own version of Ian Holloway’s colourful metaphors, have outlined his metaphor to explain how they can pull off another cup upset at higher-league opposition.

The Yellows travel the 61 miles west into Cambridgeshire hoping to string together a trio of ducks, which Batch revealed has been responsible for wins against four sides above them in the pyramid.

“We have over achieved in the last round by beating Maidstone,” he said.

“We probably should not have beaten Bognor Regis in the round before, and we have also beaten Leiston and Bury, albeit in a different cup competitions.

“On paper, we have overachieved and we will do our best to play as well as we can (on Saturday).

“But our players are certainly not going into the game expecting to win it.

“They know they have to outwork and outthink our opponents, and if we get it tactically right as well, we may have a mix to be able to get a win.

“But we need all those ducks to line up together, but knowing that they probably won’t need all theirs to.”

After making it six straight wins after a 2-1 success over Cray Wanderers on Saturday, AFC were left with their first free full week since the season began, after Tuesday’s Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final with Mildenhall Town was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.

But Batch was fairly relieved, saying it should work in their favour with players such as Ollie Berquez, Sam Clarke and Lee Flynn needing a rest more.

Meanwhile, he gave Jordan Blackwell, Correy Davidson and Jack Guyton match fitness in the reserves’ 2-0 cup win at Halstead Town, opting not to have a break himself by witnessing a pleasing display on a difficult surface.

The downside was Lawrence Yiga will now have to serve his one-match suspension on Saturday, but James Baker (hamstring) could return, as a defender or striker, subject to undergoing a fitness test tonight.

If there is no replay needed at Sudbury on Tuesday, AFC will return to league action with fellow Cambridgeshire side Soham Town Rangers visiting (7.45pm), with Batch saying there is an argument it is just as important as Saturday, if not more so.

The AFC chief also revealed the club have received a fee for winger Steve Spriggs making his loan move to former club King’s Lynn Town permanent, which meant it made sense to move on one of his highest earners who was playing catch-up in pre-season after injury problems.