Jamie Godbold is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Jimmy Bullard’s Leatherhead this weekend — but insists his focus will be on AFC Sudbury.
The Yellows continue their maiden season in the Ryman League Premier Division with the visit of Leatherhead to The Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Leatherhead appointed former Wigan Athletic, Hull City, Fulham and Ipswich Town midfielder Bullard as their new manager two weeks ago, with the ex I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! reality show contestant attracting plenty of interest in the media following his appointment.
But Godbold, who will be Bullard’s opposite number in the dugout this weekend, is planning to only concentrate on his team’s fortunes in a bid to get the Yellows back to winning ways.
“I’m looking forward to Jimmy being in the opposite dugout,” Godbold said.
“Whenever I see him on the TV he always makes me smile and laugh.
“I’m looking forward to the game and seeing what he brings to Leatherhead. I’m sure the media circus will follow him and it will mean more people through the gate on Saturday.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to show people what we’re about. We’ve got to concentrate on us and I think if we do that then we’ll be all right.”
After recording an impressive 3-1 win at fellow newly- promoted side Harlow Town last weekend, AFC tasted their first away league defeat of the campaign when they lost 2-1 at league leaders Leiston on Tuesday night.
Despite finishing up on the losing side, Godbold was pleased with his team’s performance against a Leiston side who before the game had fired in 30 goals in their nine league outings in 2016/17.
“It was a good game for us in terms of seeing how far we’ve come since the first game of the season,” the AFC manager said.
“We were up against a Leiston side who were flying high and scoring three or four goals a game and, on reflection, we weren’t a million miles away.
“This year for us has always been to see what the league is about and we are learning as we go.
“If we can concentrate on the process and the way we want to play and work as hard as we can, we’ll have no excuses at the end of the season.”
This weekend will see Ryan Henshaw serve the first game of his suspension, with the central defender having been sent off in the win against Harlow, while captain Sam Clarke (hamstring), Craig Parker (ankle), Luke Callander (knee) and Jack Newman (groin) are all injury concerns for Godbold ahead of Saturday’s game.
AFC visit Waltham Abbey in the second round of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas on Tuesday (7.45pm).