AFC Sudbury keen to build positive momentum in FA Trophy clash against Romford

Jamie Godbold

Jamie Godbold - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold is keen for his side to build on the momentum of their last two results, when they host Romford in the FA Trophy today.

Over £3,000 is on offer to the winner of the Second Qualifying Round clash and while long-term the competition could provide the west Suffolk club with a significant financial reward, short-term Godbold wants his team to curb the inconsistency that has dogged their season.

“With us at the moment, it’s just about momentum, whatever competition we play in, although the FA Trophy carries a higher significance, as a cup competition, given the financial rewards it can bring a club,” said Godbold, who has seen his side beat Bowers & Pitsea in the FA Trophy and Staines Town in the league in their last two games.

“I have never really had much of a crack at the FA Trophy, it was mainly the FA Vase when I was a player and the pinnacle was playing in the final at Wembley (with Lowestoft).

“It’s not a competition we will take lightly and we have put back-to-back wins together so that is something we want to build on as we have been quite inconsistent this season.”


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Today’s opponents are struggling at the wrong end of Ryman North and lost twice to Sudbury last season in the league, conceding six goals in the process as Godbold and his team won promotion.

Despite that, the AFC boss will resist the temptation to rest key players, and added: “I don’t want to disrespect Romford and the league standings go out of the window in cup competitions.

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“We will be going with as strong a line-up as we can.

“Having no midweek games has helped us and has given us the time to work on things in training. We will go into the game relatively fresh and confident.”

Meanwhile, Godbold is delighted the club’s youngsters have reached the second round of the FA Youth Cup. They face a testing trip to professional side, Swindon, in the next round, next Saturday.

The academy’s progress was sealed after a 2-1 victory over Framlingham in the last round.

“It will be a real good learning experience for the boys and they will be able to see what it takes to be a full-time footballer, rather than being an academy footballer that is in education at the same time,” he said.

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