Sudbury’s Trophy tie up for grabs
AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold believes Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy third qualifying round clash at Kings Langley is a 50/50 tie.
There are plenty of parallels between the clubs — both were promoted to Step Three of the non-League football pyramid last season and the pair sit just under halfway in their respective leagues.
On top of that, the two teams have recorded six league victories apiece, while Kings Langley have a goal difference of zero — just one better than the Yellows.
And they will meet at the Global Metcorp Stadium (3pm) having suffered league defeats on Tuesday evening.
“They are a club that are in a very similar position to ourselves in more ways than one,” said Godbold, who has had the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side scouted.
“Because of that, it is going to be a match that both sides believe they are capable of winning.
“I will be surprised if there is much between the teams — a goal either way might settle it.
“From our point of view, it might do us some good getting away from the league and having a different competition to focus on.”
One thing Sudbury will need to cut out to enhance their chances of continuing on the road to Wembley is the amount of mistakes they are committing — in attack and defence.
The 3-1 mid-week loss to Suffolk rivals Leiston was a case in point, with Godbold’s men shipping goals that, from their point of view, were sloppy.
Decision-making in the final third also let them down and Godbold is conscious that improvements are needed, starting at the weekend.
“At the moment it feels like every mistake we are making, the ball ends up in our net,” he added.
“The mistakes have got to stop because while most of them are little, it is still costing us goals. The errors are being magnified.
“We need to start putting the chances away as well.
“We created plenty against Leiston and got plenty of balls into the box, so it is not like we are not creating.
“From that point of view it is a positive, but it is down to us to right the wrongs quickly.”
Left-back Jack Wilkinson is a doubt for the trip to Hertfordshire and Tuesday’s league game at Billericay Town (7.45pm) with a hamstring injury, but young defender Tyler French should come back into contention.