AFC Sudbury host relegation rivals Hendon as league decision hangs over two clubs
AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold is relishing the challenge of hosting relegation rivals Hendon this weekend.
The Ryman Premier Division pair, who have yet to learn the fate of their abandoned game in London on January 21 – AFC were 2-1 up with moments to go – meet in the reverse clash, at the Wardale Williams Stadium, tomorrow afternoon.
Godbold is expecting a decision from the Ryman League on January’s abandoned game, due to an on-field altercation that saw Hendon release captain Kevin Maclaren the following week.
“I think we will learn our fate (of that game) in the next week or so,” said Godbold, whose side sit in 23rd before tomorrow’s encounter, one point and one place below Hendon.
“Considering we are now in the bottom four, we are desperate for the points and a decision.”
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Godbold is wary that the Ryman League could make the two sides play again, in London.
“Hopefully, common sense still prevails and we get the points,” he continued.
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“I also hope we can get three more points on Saturday, as it is a six-pointer between two teams at the bottom of the division.
“It makes for a very interesting game, but every game we play between now and the end of the season, regardless of the decision, is a cup final.”
Sam Corcoran made his debut in last week’s 3-1 home defeat to Harrow Borough, and with skipper Sam Clarke starting the first of a three-match ban, for picking up 15 yellow cards, is likely to start against Hendon.
“Sam (Corcoran) is a good, experienced player,” continued Godbold.
“We got him from St.Albans (National League South) and with Clarkey suspended, he has a really important role to play for us.
“I think some of the yellows Sam (Clarke) gets are very harsh.
“He is a tenacious midfielder, and that’s just the way he plays. If you try and calm him down, you only get half a player.”
Centre-back Ryan Henshaw also starts the first of a three-match ban this weekend, following his red card against Harrow Borough, with Tyler French or James Baker likely to partner Adam Tann at the heart of the defence.
Kieran Monlouis, meanwhile, who made eight appearances for AFC this season, has moved to St.Albans City.