Boss says new striker can fire AFC Sudbury back to form

SHORT SPELL: Jake Reed, left, only signed for AFC Sudbury in the summer, but has re-signed for his former club Lowestoft Town in the Conference North
SHORT SPELL: Jake Reed, left, only signed for AFC Sudbury in the summer, but has re-signed for his former club Lowestoft Town in the Conference North

AFC Sudbury’s David Batch expects new striker Terry Rymer to take the step-up in his stride after he signed on the back of Jake Reed leaving.

Rymer fired Brightlingsea Regent to promotion to Sudbury’s league by scoring 18 goals from 30 appearances as they came runners-up to Hadleigh United on goal difference in the Thurlow Nunn League last season.

The 26-year-old started the season at the club he helped up through the divisions from the Essex and Suffolk Border League, but moved down a level again towards the end of last month due to not being able to train on Thursdays.

During his brief spell at Clacton he scored four times in five games and Batch revealed he had an approach in for him even before an offer ‘too good to turn down’ came in for summer signing Reed from his former club Lowestoft Town.

“He showed on Tuesday he can handle the step up,” said the Yellows’ boss after the player based in Weeley, just outside of Clacton, came within a lick of paint of opening his account in the disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Dereham Town on Tuesday. “He was lively and strong and got his body in and I think he was a threat. I think he is probably a yard off fitness-wise, but I think he did all right.

“We did not score on Tuesday, but you can never have too many forwards.”

That loss followed the 6-2 capitulation to Thurrock, also at the Wardale Williams Stadium, on Saturday.

Of Reed’s exit, following a largely-disappointing three-goal-spell after joining with much expectation after topping the Trawlerboys’ goalscoring charts in the Ryman Premier last season, he said: “In fairness, Newby and Coley were scoring more and looking more dangerous.

“And when you get an offer in like we did, you can’t say no.”

Meanwhile, vice-captain Michael Shinn was a surprise omission from the squad on Tuesday and Batch said he had ‘a lot going on’ and felt his energy levels were suffering on Saturday.

He said he was set to speak to him about his future at the club after Tuesday’s game, which he attended.

The AFC manager said he was happy with his side’s attacking performance in both of the last two games, but poor finishing in both had let them down.

“We have had 31 crosses on Tuesday and we played really well up until the penalty area and in there we were not bright enough and aggressive enough.”

He described the first penalty as ‘the softest he has ever seen’ and was equally puzzled by the second one.

“We had 16 shots on Saturday to their 10 and that should be enough to win a game of football,” he said of the heavy defeat, which combined with Tuesday’s loss saw the play-off chasers slip to 11th and now five points adrift of the top five. “They finished well though and were the best team we have played this season.”

With Ryan Henshaw on the bench for the first time since shattering his hand in six places on Tuesday, he finally hopes to be able to restore last season’s top scorer James Baker to his natural position soon.

Ahead of their longest trip of the season, to Chatham Town on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Burnham Ramblers on Tuesday (7.45pm) he said: “With James we have had no option for the past five games.

“And he has done well at centre-half in fairness.

“If we are being honest Ryan probably needs another two to three weeks, but we will see.”

* The week 21 winners in the AFC Sudbury Gold fundraiser: £100 J Hauth, 215, Second Ave, Sudbury, £10 Chris and Andy Cutters, 210, Gaol Lane, Sudbury, £10 Mrs E Hauth, 206, Second Ave, Sudbury.