AFC Sudbury manager has no qualms with busy start

David Batch


AFC Sudbury manager David Batch hopes this season’s fixture list will be kinder on his players, when the inevitable inclement weather hits.

The manager of Wroxham last season, Batch’s squad faced a fixture pile-up towards the end of the campaign, but he believes the introduction of more midweek dates this season will be welcomed by all clubs.

“It became a problem last year when the adverse weather hit,” said the manager of the Ryman League Division One North team.

“For some reason last season, we only had two midweek games scheduled for the entire campaign and we ended up playing every Tuesday for the last 10 weeks of the season, plus some Thursdays.

“There seems to be a lot more Tuesday games scheduled by the league this season which makes complete sense. Hopefully we won’t hit the same sort of difficulties again.”

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Batch’s side begin with an away trip to Thurrock, one of six league games in the opening month.

“That’s good as players are able to get into a rhythm playing two games a week,” said Batch.

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Sat Aug 10 Thurrock A

Tue Aug 13 Soham Town Rangers H

Sat Aug 17 Waltham Forest H

Tue Aug 20 Maldon & Tiptree A

Sat Aug 24 Dereham Town A

Mon Aug 26 Needham Market H

Sat Aug 31 F.A. Cup Prelim

Wed Sep 4 F.A. Cup Prelim - Replays

Sat Sep 7 Redbridge H

Tue Sep 10 Wroxham A

Sat Sep 14 Brentwood Town A F.A. Cup Q1

Sat Sep 21 Erith & Belvedere H

Tue Sep 24 Burnham Ramblers H

Sat Sep 28 Witham Town A F.A. Cup Q2

Sat Oct 5 F.A. Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 12 Tilbury A F.A. Cup Q3

Sat Oct 19 Ware H F.A. Trophy Q1

Sat Oct 26 Aveley A F.A. Cup Q4

Sat Nov 2 VCD Athletic H F.A. Trophy Q2

Sat Nov 9 Chatham Town A F.A. Cup 1

Sat Nov 16 Harlow Town H F.A. Trophy Q3

Sat Nov 23 Romford A

Sat Nov 30 Cheshunt H F.A. Trophy 1

Sat Dec 7 Waltham Abbey A F.A. Cup 2

Sat Dec 14 Soham Town Rangers A F.A. Trophy 2

Sat Dec 21 Thurrock H

Thu Dec 26 Needham Market A

Sat Dec 28 Maldon & Tiptree H

Wed Jan 1 Dereham Town H

Sat Jan 4 Waltham Forest A F.A. Cup 3

Sat Jan 11 Barkingside H F.A. Trophy 3

Sat Jan 18 Heybridge Swifts A

Tue Jan 21 Burnham Ramblers A

Sat Jan 25 Brentwood Town H F.A. Cup 4

Sat Feb 1 Redbridge A F.A. Trophy 4

Sat Feb 8 Witham Town H

Tue Feb 11 Wroxham H

Sat Feb 15 Erith & Belvedere A F.A. Cup 5 / F.A. Trophy Semi-Final (1)

Sat Feb 22 Tilbury H F.A. Trophy Semi-Final (2)

Sat Mar 1 Ware A

Sat Mar 8 Chatham Town H F.A. Cup 6

Sat Mar 15 Harlow Town A

Sat Mar 22 Romford H F.A. Trophy Final

Sat Mar 29 Cheshunt A

Sat Apr 5 Waltham Abbey H

Sat Apr 12 Aveley H F.A. Cup Semi-Final

Sat Apr 19 VCD Athletic A

Mon Apr 21 Heybridge Swifts H

Sat Apr 26 Barkingside A

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