‘Confidence is high’ admits AFC Sudbury midfielder Craig Parker as west Suffolk club face a big week ahead

Craig Parker, centre, in action for Sudbury. He says confidence in the camp is high as they head to

Craig Parker, centre, in action for Sudbury. He says confidence in the camp is high as they head to Burgess Hill this weekend - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury midfielder Craig Parker says ‘confidence is still high’ in the west Suffolk club’s ranks as they travel to Burgess Hill in the Ryman Premier Division on Saturday.

Jamie Godbold’s side suffered a damaging 4-0 home reserve to Merstham last weekend and travel to Burgess Hill, who are one point behind Sudbury but have two games in hand – Sudbury are currently just three points above the relegation zone.

With one league win in nine (it will be two in 10 if Sudbury are given the points from the abandoned Hendon clash that they were leading 2-1 in the 91st minute when it was abandoned), Sudbury are skirting dangerously with the drop zone.

“We have to put last Saturday’s game behind us,” Parker said.

“We went to Hendon and did really well before that was abandoned. Hopefully we will get the points off that. If we do and we come out all guns firing at Burgess Hill and get a result, the table looks a lot rosier.


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“Confidence is still high in the camp and we have had a good week training. Of course we were all disappointed after the Merstham game, but perhaps it’s a bit of a wake-up call to us.”

Sudbury travel to Leatherhead in a re-arranged clash on Wednesday night - another side in and around the drop zone. A good result against Jimmy Bullard’s team, as well as at Burgess Hill and, as Parker intimated, it will look a different picture this time next week.

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“Hopefully we will get the points off the Hendon game and we must remember things are very much in our own hands,” Parker said.

“We just need to come out all guns blazing.”

Meanwhile three damaging defeats have dented Bury Town’s promotion hopes from Ryman North.

Ben Chenery’s side have endured a miserable January after an inspiring December. This weekend they travel to lowly Waltham Abbey and will be looking for nothing more than victory to pep up their play-off hopes.

Abbey have lost their last three Ryman North games too and are currently third bottom in the league table.

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