AFC Sudbury looking for FA Trophy, says assistant Ian Brown

Ian Brown

Ian Brown

AFC Sudbury assistant Ian Brown says his side have nothing to lose when they face Skrill South side Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying stage this afternoon.

Sudbury are two leagues below their Kent opponents but Brown insists his squad go into the encounter with ‘no fear’.

“We go there with absolutely nothing to lose,” said Brown.

“People will be looking at the game and thinking they should beat us but that can change on any given day.

“We go into it as underdogs and we know that, but there is definitely potential there to cause an upset.

“You never can tell what will happen in a football game – they’re all different.”

Sudbury travelled to Ryman South outfit Hastings United in the previous round of this money-spinning competition and put in a sterling performance to come away with a superb 1-0 win, something that delighted Brown.

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He said: “I thought we fully deserved the win.

“We had to weather the storm a little towards the end but I think anyone that watched the match would say that we deserved to get the win.

“We travelled a long way and put in a committed display and I’m expecting the same against Tonbridge.”

Sudbury aren’t travelling quite as far as Hastings for today’s clash but are preparing for the fixture in the same way.

“We’re staying over again,” said Brown.

“And we’re very thankful to the club for that.

“It’s just so much easier. Travelling takes it out of you and this way we’ll have more time to prepare.”

After beating Hastings and drawing with Chatham and Tilbury in their three previous fixtures this month, Sudbury are proving hard to beat – something which may gave the Yellows a boost today.

“Their fans might think it’ll be an easy game for them, especially at home,” said Brown.

“We don’t concede too many goals though and the longer we can keep it tight at the back, the more likely they are to get agitated.”

Not that Brown and Sudbury are at all thinking about their opponents, who are currently in the relegation zone of the Conference Premier.

“Our camp goes into the game with the same attitude every week,” said the ex-Whitton United boss.

“We’re only focused on us. It is only us that control what we can do on the pitch and not the opposition.”

Victory would see the Yellows in the draw for the First Round Proper of the competition and net £4,000 worth of prize money.

Meanwhile, Brown’s former club Whitton United are in Suffolk Senior Cup duty against Kirkley & Pakefield reserves in an action-packed weekend of cup fixtures in the county.

Capel Plough face Crane Sports and Achilles battle it out with Wickham Market in two all-SIL games in the competition while Haughley host Lakenheath.

In the cup’s other ties today, Haverhill Borough face Cornard United and Needham Market reserves travel to Grundisburgh as the teams look to progress into the quarter-finals of a competition that sees the finalists enjoy a Portman Road final appearance.

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