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Godbold will not sacrifice cup competitions

GUNNING FOR GLORY: AFC Sudbury players celebrate the opening goal against Romford on Saturday
GUNNING FOR GLORY: AFC Sudbury players celebrate the opening goal against Romford on Saturday

Jamie Godbold has warned AFC Sudbury will be gunning for glory in all competitions this season as he aims to end their wait for silverware.

The Yellows have enjoyed the perfect start to the new campaign, following up a 5-2 opening day win over Romford with a further 1-0 success away at Dereham Town on Tuesday evening, to leave them sitting pretty at the top of the Ryman League Division One North table as one of two teams with a perfect record.

Sudbury will be aiming to maintain that faultless record away at Cheshunt on Saturday (3pm) before kicking off their Robert Dyas League Cup campaign with a preliminary round tie at home against league rivals Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday (7.45pm).

But while some managers might sacrifice progression in such a cup competition in favour of focusing on a promotion charge, Godbold is adamant he will be doing his utmost to lift a trophy this campaign, with the club last doing so in 2005 when they won the then Eastern Counties League Premier Division title.

“It is majorly important that we end up with some silverware this season,” he said.

“From my point of view it doesn’t matter what competition it is.

“I will be putting out the strongest team to win the match. We have got a really strong group and the biggest problem I have is picking the starting line-up. I’m keen to win a cup and so I want to be competitive in every competition.

“There is an integrity to uphold and for a club like us, it is massively important to end up with trophies.

“No matter what the competition is we have to believe and try to go out to win it.

“Silverware is important, it has been a long time since this club last won something and I want to change that.

“Victory in any competition breeds a winning habit and we have to look to build on momentum and believe we can win in any game.”

Sudbury certainly find themselves with that welcome habit at the moment and while Tuesday’s victory was not quite as convincing as the opening weekend, Godbold was just as pleased with the manner in which they came away with the three points.

“It’s been a really good week. Tuesday night was a different type of victory to Saturday but it was just as pleasing from my point of view,” he added.

“If you want to stand any chance of winning things you have to be able to grind out results and that is exactly what we did.

“It is majorly important to be able to win in different ways and have that resilience.

“You have to be tight throughout the team and thankfully we have got that side to our game this season.”

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