Craig Parker wants Sudbury to start to gain momentum as they face a trip to lowly Hendon

Craig Parker, left, of Sudbury

Craig Parker, left, of Sudbury - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury midfield schemer Craig Parker is hoping his side can gain a bit of momentum and climb up the Ryman Premier Division table.

The west Suffolk side lost to high-flying Havant & Waterlooville in midweek, to make it just one league win in seven for Jamie Godbold’s side.

They are six points off the bottom four and on Saturday travel to third-bottom Hendon, who are currently struggling for victories on their 3G pitch, having won just once at home in now 13 attempts.

With a trip to Jimmy Bullard’s Leatherhead four nights later, this time next week, the garden could be looking much rosier for Sudbury should they pick up a couple of victories.

“Saturday is a massive game for us,” Parker said.


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“We were disappointed not to get anything against Havant, especially as we played well against Macclesfield in the Trophy.

“OK, so Havant are flying right now, but on Saturday we need to get a run going.”

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And that has been the problem for Sudbury who have only struck back-to-back league wins on one occasion this season – and that was in August.

“We do need to get on a roll,” Parker admitted.

“At the moment we seem to win one, lose one and that’s not helping us build any momentum.

“The league is tight and two or three wins can see you shoot up the table.

“So, we need to get ourselves concentrating on Saturday and get a run started.”

Parker is experienced at this level and has been impressed by young Academy star Tyler French, who has been starting in the Sudbury first team in the past month.

The teenager from Long Melford signed a three-year contract with the club back in September, but already other clubs further up the pyramid are taking an interest.

“Tyler is doing well and he’s in the right place here at Sudbury at the moment,” Parker said.

“He’s learning quickly and impressing and has had a few starts now in the first team.”

But getting some wins on the board for Sudbury is Parker’s main concern right now, starting at Hendon.

“It’s all about momentum,” he said.

“Should we get a win or two, we can go on a run and that is what we need.”

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