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Godbold will not rest on his laurels

FULLY FOCUSED: AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold
FULLY FOCUSED: AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold

Jamie Godbold has said he will not be sitting back on the progress that AFC Sudbury have made during his first year in charge.

Monday marked a year since Godbold and his assistant Andy Reynolds took over the managerial reins at The Wardale Williams Stadium.

After suffering play-off heartache at the end of last season, Godbold and his AFC side have bounced back in style with a club record-breaking nine match winning run.

Sudbury will go into this weekend’s home game with title rivals AFC Hornchurch (Saturday, 3pm) top of Ryman League Division One North, regardless of the result from last night’s trip to Romford.

And ahead of Saturday’s titanic clash with third-place Hornchurch, Godbold took time out to reflect on his first year in the AFC hotseat.

“It’s been a terrific year,” the Sudbury boss said. “We’ve made progress as a club both on and off the pitch.

“When a new manager comes in it’s always difficult to predict how they will get on and if they can help the club gain promotion.

“Mine and Andy’s aim was to make sure whenever we left the club that we left it in a better place. The club was already in a good place when we got here, and now with the academy, 3G pitch and the current team assembled, we’re in that better place.”

Godbold previously had spells in charge of Lowestoft Town Reserves and Kirkley and Pakefield, before taking over the role at AFC, which was vacant after former boss David Batch left to go and manage St Neots Town.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a distinguished career as a player at Lowestoft, where he scored 155 goals in 500 appearances for the Trawlerboys between 2000 and 2013.

“The hardest thing so far has been managing expectations,” Godbold said. “As a big club, which Sudbury is, a lot of people agree they should be playing at a higher level.

“I’m really pleased with how the first year has gone, but I’m not going to sit back on it now. We’ve got to take it further, and by that, hopefully into the league above.”

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