Henshaw backs boss to turn things round

FULL BACKING: Midfielder Ryan Henshaw, right, is adamant everyone at the club is behind manager Chris Tracey
FULL BACKING: Midfielder Ryan Henshaw, right, is adamant everyone at the club is behind manager Chris Tracey

AFC Sudbury midfielder Ryan Henshaw has backed manager Chris Tracey to transform the club’s fortunes and save their stuttering season.

That is despite a torrid campaign to date that has seen the Yellows collect just three victories, to leave one of the title favourites languishing in 19th place in Ryman League Division One North, three places off the foot of the table.

A 6-1 victory over Redbridge proved a false dawn with a disastrous 7-2 defeat away to Soham Town Rangers following on Saturday, the club’s worst-ever league defeat, which included a remarkable three penalties for the hosts.

However, ahead of a difficult trip to in-form Waltham Abbey on Saturday (3pm), currently on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions, Henshaw believes everyone at the club is fully behind the manager and remains confident that their current situation will improve.

“It is hard to fully understand what is going on at the minute,” he said.

“Everyone in the squad gets on extremely well and we have a lot of good players, but we just don’t seem to be getting any luck.

“Obviously conceding three penalties didn’t help against Soham, but things appear to be going against us.

“Despite our form, there has been a good buzz in training and everyone is fully behind Chris to try and turn things around.

“We are all under pressure, not just the manager, but we are confident things will change soon.

“There is enough opportunity for us to turn things around, hopefully starting tomorrow and I think we are capable of picking up points in the coming weeks which would see us climb the table.”

A multitude of injuries have not helped Tracey’s cause, unable to field a consistent starting line-up, the manager has already astonishingly used 35 players over the course of the season.

Recent setbacks to Sam Clarke (fractured arm) and Rhys Darg (hamstring), which will see the versatile player sidelined for at least six weeks, have been added to the absences of James Baker, James Smith and Taylor Sinfield ahead of Saturday’s trip.

Henshaw admitted that absences had added to the downturn in form, but refused to look upon that as an excuse.

“We have had a lot of injuries which obviously haven’t helped because the team has to keep changing,” he added.

“However, despite that, we need to buck our ideas up, there are no excuses anymore, things have to change.”

Chris Tracey was unavailable for comment.