One more for the record
A sense of invincibility in the AFC Sudbury dressing room can be used to carry them to a new club record-winning run, according to Jamie Godbold.
The Yellows’ manager has admitted their sixth straight league win — equalling the club’s best over a decade at step four of the non-League pyramid — has left them believing no-one can halt their march to a historic seventh consecutive three point haul.
The 2-1 win at leaders Cray Wanderers on Tuesday was by far the standout result (in order: 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 2-1, 1-0, 2-1) of a run which has seen AFC match their scintillating sequence of results beginning on January 6 this year, with a 3-1 success at home to local rivals Soham Town Rangers.
But Godbold is confident they will be able to take the extra step to record a new club record and make it seven straight wins at step four by beating eighth-placed Aveley on their artificial home pitch on Saturday (3pm).
“I think it (the current run)has been a culmination of things all pulling together,” he said.
“We have worked really hard in training and combined our talents in the squad with being really difficult to beat.
“I brought in Marcus (Garnham, goalkeeper) and Jack (Wilkinson, defender) and they have really made a difference, making us strong in all areas of the pitch.
“There is good confidence going into games and it is hard to see when we are playing like we are.”
With Saturday’s 1-0 home win, number five in the run, far from a stellar display, he quickly added: “To get a 1-0 win over Phoenix when we were not on our best on Saturday was really pleasing.”
Godbold admitted he had not been aware of the opportunity to make club history on Saturday, but he will have to facilitate indulging their winning habit for twice the distance to hit the big one, with the all-time club record standing at 14 straight victories.
That came in AFC’s fourth of five straight title-winning campaigns at step four in the Ridgeons (now Thurlow Nunn) Eastern Counties League Premier Division, starting on May 1, 2004.