Manager Godbold feels so proud of his young AFC Sudbury players

Jordan Blackwell celebrates his goal to put AFC Sudbury 1-0 up in the Romford v AFC Sudbury match at

Jordan Blackwell celebrates his goal to put AFC Sudbury 1-0 up in the Romford v AFC Sudbury match at Thurrock, on 13 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

AFC Sudbury’s terrific winning run might be over, but manager Jamie Godbold was still delighted with his side’s 1-1 draw against promotion rivals AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.

Sudbury’s superb 10-game winning streak, which had propelled the Suffolk side to the top of the Ryman North table, was ended by George Purcell’s 68th minute equaliser at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

Even so, the Yellows managed to extend their lead at the top to six points, with results elsewhere going their way.

While Brightlingsea Regent were rallying to beat second-placed Cray Wanderers 3-2 away, fourth-placed Thurrock, with three games in hand over Sudbury, were succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at Cheshunt.

“In the end, it was a good result for us,” insisted AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold.

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“It was a good performance, and with results elsewhere being kind to us, it was a good weekend.

“Although we have lost our winning run, we have kept our unbeaten run going. And in hindsight, the most important thing was not to lose this game.

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“We were without two of our most experienced players, in James Baker and Luke Callander (both unavailable), so I had a very young side out there.

“And I’m very proud of my young players, because they went toe-to-toe with a very experienced team. We had a gameplan to try and contain them, because they are very dangerous going forward, and we managed to do that.

“We got ourselves in front (George Clarke’s 65th minute opener), and it’s just a pity that they managed to equalise just three minutes later. If we had held out for another five minutes, the I think we could have seen out the game.

“But it was still a good result, and I certainly appreciate what Brightlingsea managed to do, to win at Cray. They have done us a big favour.”

League leaders AFC Sudbury are away at second-from-bottom Redbridge this Saturday, before entertaining promotion rivals Thurrock the following weekend.

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