AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold has spoke of his welcome selection headache ahead of two pivtoal home games against top six sides.
With illness having depleted his options in the ‘really professional performance’ at strugglers Redbridge on Saturday (3-0 win), the ex-Lowestoft Town midfielder rolled back the clock to bring himself on from the substitutes bench.
But he admitted coming up with an XI for the visit of promotion challengers Thurrock on Saturday (3pm) will not be such an easy task.
“The young players who have stepped up recently have made it difficult for us to leave them out,” he said.
“George Clarke scored against Hornchurch (1-1 draw) and I felt I wanted him to continue his momentum. And while he did not score Saturday he played his part in all four goals.
“Jack Newman came in Saturday and played exceptionally well Saturday and Liam Wales came off the bench against Bury (2-0 win) and made an instant impact with a goal.
“It does not matter who comes in at the moment, whether they come off the bench or are starting games, they are all doing really well and providing healthy competition in the squad.”
But speaking of his own cameo, Godbold joked: “Unfortunately he is not really what we need as we need good quality youthful players.
“The rationale was that Ollie Berquez called off in the morning through illness and Ben Robinson felt unwell and had to pull out three minutes before the start of the game, so we were down to two subs and myself.
“Ryan Henshaw was struggling and came off at half-time and the pitch was really boggy so we made a sub and I just felt we needed some more fresh legs.”
He added: “I would not say it will never happen again as it is an option for us if needed.
“If their keeper had not been the man-of-the-match it could have been more.”
Thurrock, who would move to within two points of Sudbury if they won their two games in hand, have ex-AFC fans’ player of the year Dave Cowley in their ranks, but have only won one of their last four outings, the 3-1 success at Waltham Abbey on Saturday.
AFC will be looking to avenge a 5-1 reverse at Ship Lane in October.