AFC Sudbury just one point away from the Ryman North title

AFC Sudbury's Jack Wilkinson celebrates his goal from a free-kick right on the stroke of half-time a

AFC Sudbury's Jack Wilkinson celebrates his goal from a free-kick right on the stroke of half-time at Maldon & Tiptree last night

AFC Sudbury and their army of fans travel to Tilbury this afternoon knowing one point will claim the Ryman North championship and promotion to Step 3.

While Jamie Godbold’s side have four games in which to claim the solitary point that will mean Harlow can no longer catch them, they will want to get it done sooner rather than later.

They have been the most consistent team in the division.

Godbold’s side have been superb in their pursuit of glory, with some terrific unbeaten runs.

Just two league defeats in 25 games have put them on the verge of title glory and Godbold, who played more than 500 games for Lowestoft, can’t believe what his team have done.


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“We’ve been relentless all season,” he said.

“I have to admit I never expected us to be in this position at this time of the season though.

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“To just need one point is great, but the old boring cliché about one game at a time, still applies.

“Not that my team will need any motivation. They are hungry, they will want to win at Tilbury and then look at other records . . . what’s the record points in winning Ryman North, personal goal targets and whatever else they can think of.”

Unless Sudbury suffer a complete meltdown, the title and promotion is sure to be theirs, it’s just a case of whether it will be come by 4.45pm tonight.

‘The Dockers’ of Tilbury won’t want Godbold and his side dancing round their pitch at full-time today.

However, salety installed in mid-table, the Essex side have little to play for and have lost their last four league games on the bounce.

“We beat them quite well at our place in February and I’ve seen Tilbury a few times,” Godbold said.

“They are a bit inconsistent. On their day they are capable of giving anyone in this league a good game, but when they are not on it, they are not so good.

“But we can’t worry about them.”

So, has Godbold already thought about the prospect of Ryman Premier football next season?

“I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t,” he said.

“On Tuesday I met up with Ady Gallagher and Mick Chapman, from Lowestoft. They told me how difficult Ryman Premier can be.

“And you only have to look at Needham Market, who scored more than 100 points last season on their way to winning Ryman North, where they are now in the Ryman Premier.

“But we’ll worry about that when we need to. We will still take one game at a time.”

Follow @Mike_Bacon on Twitter for updates from the game

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