Resilience is key for AFC Sudbury Ladies FA Cup success

AFC Sudbury Ladies manager Clive Golding believes his unbeaten side’s resilient character can steer them to another FA Cup victory in the first round against London Corinthians tomorrow.

AFC Sudbury have won all five of their Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One North matches this term, defeating Colchester Ladies, Wymondham Town and West Billericay to set-up Sunday’s tie at the MEL Group Stadium (1pm ko).

However, their London & South East Regional Women’s Premier Division rivals have won seven out of nine in the league above Sudbury.

They too have come through three rounds of qualifying – including a 14-0 thrashing over Maidstone United Rascals – but Golding is backing his players’ spirit to see them through to the next round.

“We’ve come through three rounds of qualifying and beat Colchester 5-2 who are a league above us,” said Golding.

“We were losing 2-0 after 20 minutes against them which was a bit of a shock.

“But the girls showed a lot of character to come back and score five unanswered goals.

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“We’re unbeaten in the league and that has probably given the players the confidence to think that if they go a goal down they can battle back, score and win the game.

“It’s been a good experience for the girls. It’s been a learning curve for them coming up against some very good sides that we’ve managed to beat.

“Winning breeds winning and we’re all really looking forward to Sunday now. We’ll do our best and see what happens on the day.

“It’s been a very pleasing cup run so far.”

Golding concedes he is not overly familiar with London Corinthians – who have won their last two away matches, scoring nine goals – but Golding is relying on his side’s own strengths to overcome any surprise the London outfit may spring.

“We don’t know too much about them which could help us focus on our own game and our own strengths,” Golding added.

“It will be a tough game but you can never say never. One side can make a mistake which can suddenly turn the game on its head.

“We’re just going to play our own game and enjoy the day whatever happens. We’re just happy to have reached this far in the FA Cup.

“It’s been good the club. It’s put us in the spotlight and we’ve had some good home crowds.”

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