Godbold hopes common sense prevails and Sudbury will be awarded the points after Hendon game is abandoned

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold hopes common sense will prevail and his side will be given all three points after Sudbury’s clash with Hendon was abandoned on Saturday with just seconds left.

Sudbury were winning 2-1, in the Ryman Premier Division clash at the time, before a melee between the two sides resulted in the referee abandoning the game.

During the confrontation, Hendon’s Kevin Maclaren was sent off for violent conduct, despite having left the field after being substituted midway through the second half.

It was a frustrating end to the afternoon for Godbold and his team, but the Sudbury boss is confident his side will get their just rewards.

“There was a clash between two players and if they had both just walked away, that would have been it,” Godbold said.


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“Then more people get involved and it’s basically a melee.

“I spoke to the referee afterwards and as far as I can tell he has abandoned the game because Hendon failed to control their players. We will have to see if that’s the case.

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“Personally, I think he could have just blown the whistle and called full-time. We were in time added-on.

“Common sense should prevail. We should get the points because it will send out the wrong signals if we don’t in my opinion.

“It’s been blown up out of all proportion.

“As I said, the ref could have just blown up for full-time and few would have complained.”

Sudbury started the game well scoring twice in the first half.

Ryan Henshaw found the back of the net in the 16th minute, and Craig Parker doubled the lead in the 25th minute.

Before Sudbury had scored, Hendon had three or four good chances, but the final finishes were found wanting.

Elliott Charles turned home a cross from Reis Stanislaus to reduce the deficit for Hendon midway through the second half, but Sudbury defended stoutly – although whether their efforts will prove in vain, time will tell..

“Quite honestly I’d rather give them the points than have to go there again and incur all the expense that involves,” Godbold added.

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