AFC Sudbury’s Archer admits surprise at change

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AFC Sudbury’s out-on-loan goalkeeper Alex Archer has revealed he had no idea his manager was looking to replace him as the club’s number one.
The former Peterborough United Academy graduate was replaced by Bury Town stopper Marcus Garnham towards the end of last month in a surprise move which saw the club’s record consecutive appearance holder, on a run of more than 100 games, switched to the Yellows’ higher-league rivals.
 “It was a manic few days,” said Archer. “I didn’t have any indication Sudbury were looking to make a change or that I was not performing to the standards they were expecting, so when the call came from (Sudbury manager) David Batch, I didn’t know what to make of it.

“But, now I’ve had a chance to think about it, I’ve been given the opportunity to move up into the Ryman Premier and I want to move up the leagues and prove myself. There’s no hard feelings towards the club — I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and really grateful to Sudbury for giving me an opportunity to learn my trade there.”

Archer put in a man-of-the-match display on his Blues’ debut, with his loan club having only played twice since the switch.

But he revealed his replacement was instrumental in a move up a level which could become permanent.

“I didn’t know Marcus beforehand, but when it all came out I had a really good chat with him and he explained it was the right time for him to make a move and maybe it was for me too,” he said.

n AFC (fifth) host second-bottom Cray Wanderers on Saturday (3pm) with both James Baker and Kris Newby ruled out with hamstring injuries.

AFC Gold week 29 winners: £100 K Collins, North Rise, Gt Cornard; £10 M Senior, Ash Grove, Gt Cornard & J Crosbie, Lt Cornard.