Batch rules out new face after Forshaw diagnosis

SIDELINED: Jamie Forshaw
SIDELINED: Jamie Forshaw

AFC Sudbury manager David Batch is set to be without Jamie Forshaw for up to eight weeks, but is not looking for a new striker yet.

It comes despite reported interest in Bury Town’s self transfer-listed John Sands this week, with Batch confirming to the Free Press AFC are not the club to have had a bid accepted.

Forshaw hobbled off with a knee injury in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Ware and Sudbury’s top scorer, with eight, will be out for six to eight weeks with ligament damage.

“He was starting to find his rhythm a little bit which is a shame,” said Batch. “Fortunately, from a team perspective, (James) Baker is now back and seemingly came through Tuesday okay.”

Asked if he intended to bring someone else in, he said: “It depends if the circumstances change.”

Two home wins in a week saw Crawley Down Gatwick beaten 5-0 in the FA Trophy on Saturday and a scrappy 2-1 success over Ware in the league on Tuesday.

“It was good to come off the back of a really good performance on Saturday, where we played really well and scored a few goals, and show a different kind of quality on Tuesday,” he said.

AFC, drawn away to Hastings United in the next round of the FA Trophy, travel to Aveley (11th) this Saturday (3pm) with Ross Watson (groin) set to be on the bench.