AFC Sudbury could be left with one striker for FA Vase tie

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David Batch is sweating on the fitness of James Baker ahead of his side’s FA Trophy third qualifying round tie at Skrill South outfit Tonbridge Angels on Saturday (3pm).

The AFC Sudbury striker is still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury, despite being named as a substitute in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Tilbury.

And boss Batch could have just Ben Thompson as a recognised striker, with Steve Spriggs and Ollie Hughes — who signed from Leiston to make his debut in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Chatham Town, before being unavailable Tuesday — cup-tied and Jamie Forshaw out for seven weeks.

“We built James’ (recovery) programme up a bit Tuesday night and he came through it okay,” he said. “But if we bring him back too quickly he could be out for six weeks.”

Of adding Hughes, on trial with Luton Town over the summer after scoring 22 league goals for Walsham-le-Willows last season, Batch said: “We tried to get Ollie in the summer, but circumstances meant we could not do it.

“He has got a bit of pace and can finish and, with Jamie Forshaw out, he has the chance to get his feet under the table.”

He felt they could have had all three points in both their last two games, but was happy to accept draws with being on the road.

If there is no replay on Tuesday for a place in the first round, when the likes of Cambridge United and Luton Town enter, AFC will travel to fifth-placed Witham Town (7.45pm).