AFC Sudbury break into Ryman North play-off places after excellent recent form, but boss David Batch warns -‘Where we end up at the end of the season is the most important thing’

AFC Sudbury keeper Alex Archer has been praised for his recent performances by manager, David Batch

AFC Sudbury keeper Alex Archer has been praised for his recent performances by manager, David Batch - Credit: Archant

Having moved up to fifth in the Ryman North with four wins on the trot recently, AFC Sudbury are on somewhat of a play-off surge.

Sudbury have been in excellent form throughout the season and last night’s 1-0 victory over manager David Batch’s former club Wroxham extended their recent run of unbeaten games to 15.

And although a play-off position come April 26 increasingly looks a real possibility for the Suffolk club, Batch is not getting carried away.

“Our aim is just to keep on improving,” said Batch.

“In fairness, the players have been performing really well of late and have come together well.

“There are still loads of games to play and I think you can expect to see lots of movement in all areas of the league table.”

Batch continued: “What matters is where we are at the end of the season, not where we are now.

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“Our next aim is to win our next match and our real aim is to play well and do that.

“If we don’t do that then we must find other ways to win the games - which I felt we have recently, particularly in the last two games.

“With all the rain, pitch surfaces have become difficult and act as sort of levellers.

“That makes it difficult to play, and fortunately we have found these ways to win games.

“We’ve created enough chances in the last two games to win three or four games, but because of a bobbly pitch or an unwanted divot, they haven’t fell for us as we’d have liked, but we’ve still come through these problems.”

Defender Jack Cawley’s late 89th minute strike sealed a hard-fought win for Sudbury over Batch’s former employees on Monday evening, and despite a successful four years in charge of the Yachtsmen, Batch had no sympathy in inflicting a late winner on his former club.

“It was irrelevant whoever we played,” said Batch.

“Regardless of who we played, we had to get the points and we did.

“I just want to concentrate on us and winning games.”

Following three previous successive wins against Erith & Belvedere (4-0), Dereham Town (2-0), and Tilbury (1-0), Sudbury have now kept four clean sheets in a row - something that has pleased Batch no end.

He said: “Our back five have defended really well.

“Alex Archer, our goalkeeper, also deserves a lot of credit as well because he’s worked really hard.

“He might not have had his best game on Monday night but he earned his clean sheet by work he has done in previous games.

“Alex has been excellent prior to that and long may it continue.”

Next up for Sudbury is a trip to 23rd-placed Waltham Forest on Wednesday evening, before visiting bottom-placed Ware on Saturday.

On paper, this looks to be a guaranteed six points that could lift Sudbury further up the league table, but again, Batch is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He said: “We’ve just played two games in three days so it’ll be difficult to maintain performances, but again, all we’re looking for are positive results with positive performances if possible.”

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