Sudbury ‘keeper Garnham hails clubs who want to make the step up

AFC Sudbury keeper Marcus Garnham

AFC Sudbury keeper Marcus Garnham - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

AFC Sudbury goalkeeper Marcus Garnham has hailed local clubs who want to progress up the Football Pyramid.

Garnham and his AFC Sudbury team-mates have enjoyed a cracking week – getting through to the second round of the FA Trophy after victory over Gosport Borough, then beating Burgess Hill in a Ryman Premier clash on Tuesday night.

It was back in 2000 that Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers merged to form AFC Sudbury.

Since they the club have moved through the Eastern Counties Premier, Ryman North and now sit mid-table in Ryman Premier.

“It’s good to see more and more clubs getting ambitious and wanting to move up the Pyramid,” he said.

“Ourselves, Leiston, Needham, Lowestoft have all progressed and now look at us all.

“Leiston and Needham are flying and we are having a good season too.

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“We have academy players coming through the ranks at Sudbury – it’s just great to see.”

Garnham is an experienced keeper who knows what it takes to be successful at a high level. He is enjoying Sudbury’s current good run after Jamie Godbold’s side picked up just one win in their previous four league games ahead of the Burgess Hill clash.

“It’s good to get back on a winning run again,” Garnham, whose team travel to bottom-placed Harrow Borough on Saturday, said.

“We started well, but our bubble burst. We’ve stuck at what the coaches and managers have been saying though and now it is coming good again.

“Players like Sam Bantick are showing good form and it’s all very positive.”

Lowly Harrow Borough maybe propping up the Ryman Premier table, but that looks as though it could be a false position.

They have only played 17 games, seven less than Grays just above them and four less that other teams in the relegation zone.

Meanwhile Godbold has agreed to send a couple of his younger squad members out on loan to enable them to gain valuable match time

The two who will both be going to Ryman North side Wroxham for 84 days, are midfield man Jack Newman and goalkeeper Callum Robinson.

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