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SUDBURY’S play-off chances hang by a thread with four games to go - but AFC manager Nicky Smith says they have only themselves to blame if they don’t make it.

The Yellows slipped up again on Saturday after surrendering a 3-1 lead to settle for a point at home to bottom side Waltham Forest, a result Smith fears could signal the end of their promotion bid.

AFC dropped to sixth, one place and five points off the last play-off spot, currently occupied by Harlow Town, following Tuesday night’s results, with Sudbury not in action.

Smith, whose side face bottom-half side Great Wakering Rovers at King’s Marsh on Saturday (3pm), looking to pick up their first win in four, said: “We shot ourselves in the foot. We totally dominated against Waltham Forest and we just cannot kill teams off.

“Offensively we had so many chances, but we let in silly goals. But that is the way it goes and the table does not lie.”

Smith, who has said the club’s only senior keeper, Nicky Eyre, will not play again in the run-in following a disagreement over not being paid for a game he could not play in, added: “We have made life very, very difficult for ourselves.

“It is frustrating really as, going back to Saturday, we should have won the game comfortably and it is our own fault. We have only ourselves to blame that we are not in a play-off place.”