AFC Sudbury and Braintree Town need wins to pull away from danger

Sudbury goalkeeper Marcus Garnham

Sudbury goalkeeper Marcus Garnham - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury will be keen to build on Saturday’s encouraging 1-1 draw at home to Kingstonian, as they bid to stay away from trouble at the bottom of the Ryman Premier Division.

Despite the point, Jamie Godbold’s men remain in trouble and are just two points clear of the drop-zone with 15 games to play, ahead of tonight’s home clash with Worthing.

To make matters worse, the two teams directly below them, Merstham and Harrow Borough, have three games in hand on their west Suffolk rivals, so all Sudbury can keep doing is concentrate on their own form.

James Baker’s 74th-minute goal rescued a point for Sudbury at the weekend, bringing to an end a run of three straight league defeats, and goalkeeper Marcus Garnham said: “We stuck to the game-plan and that paid dividends.

“Sometimes it is going to be tough and you have to get the ball as far away as possible, but we kept the ball better and played from the back more on Saturday and got our rewards.

“There was a more positive outlook after the game and that is always the case when you get a positive result.

“The players had smiles on their faces after getting a result against a decent side.”

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Tonight’s opponents are eighth in the table but are only behind Leiston in the goalscoring stakes this season.

Garnham added: “We know what they’re about. They are a strong, physical side and quite direct.

“But they need to worry about us and if our attitude is right and we do our jobs, then we can get a positive result.”

Braintree Town, fresh from a vital 1-0 home win over lowly North Ferriby on Saturday, have a chance to move seven points clear of the National League relegation zone, if they can win at mid-table Eastleigh tonight.

The Iron have certainly improved since manager Hakan Hayrettin took over the reins at Cressing Road, in late September.

Monty Patterson made an impressive return to the fold against North Ferriby, after re-signing on loan from Ipswich Town last week, while leading scorer Michael Cheek’s return after injury was another big boost.

Eastleigh are 11 points adrift of the play-offs, and have not won in their last four league games.

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