Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold is ‘lost with what to do next’ regarding his side’s disciplinary problems

Sudbury's Lawrence Yiga (yellow), who was sent off in midweek

Sudbury's Lawrence Yiga (yellow), who was sent off in midweek - Credit: Gregg Brown

AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold admits ‘he is lost with what to do next’ regarding his side’s disciplinary problems, writes Will Ridgard.

The Yellows visit Ryman North Division basement side Burnham Ramblers this afternoon, with recently-appointed Godbold hopeful his side can cut out their mounting disicipline issues.

Lawrence Yiga received his marching orders for an off-the-ball altercation in midweek as Sudbury bowed out of the Robert Dyas League Cup, at the quarter-final stage, with a 3-0 home defeat to Grays Athletic.

The dismissal was Sudbury’s 12th this season, their seventh in nine games, and their third in their last three matches.

“I’m lost with what to do next,” declared Godbold.

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“It is an issue for us and I’m saying the same things week in week out.

“We can’t seem to be able to walk away from confrontation.

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“I’ve said that it takes the bigger man to walk away, and let’s gain revenge by winning the game.

“These red cards are costing us. It cost us on Tuesday, and more importantly, it’s going to cost us in three weeks time when we have the whole spine of our team out.”

Sudbury’s defeat to Ryman Premier Division side Grays was their first under Godbold, who boasts an impressive league record of four wins and one draw before this afternoon.

Although delighted with his start, Godbold also accepts that the unbeaten run was going to come to an end eventually.

“We’ve rode our luck a lot recently when we’ve had players sent off,” he continued.

“I think Yiga’s red was just one too many but we have got points, we have got some fantastic victories, and we are still in the hunt for the play-offs.

“They (the play-offs) are what we are gunning for to be honest.”

And Godbold believes his side can take credit and confidence from defeating Ryman Premier trio Leiston, Bury Town, and Witham Town, in the League Cup, prior to the last-eight defeat against Grays.

“We’ve had a fantastic run, I think that (by beating these teams) it sends out a good message in terms of being able to face those kinds of teams week in, week out (if Sudbury win promotion),” he continued.

“It’s comforting that we can compete at that level.”

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