Sudbury boss ‘answers the doubters’, but now faces big Heybridge Swifts test

Phil Kelly slots home the 90th-minute winner at Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday night for AFC Sudbury. P

Phil Kelly slots home the 90th-minute winner at Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday night for AFC Sudbury. Photo: CLIVE PEARSON - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury travel to Heybridge Swifts on Saturday in buoyant mood after two wins on the bounce that, according to boss Mark Morsley, will ‘have answered a few doubters’.

The King’s Marsh club beat Barking last weekend 3-1 and then grabbed a late winner at Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday night, to shoot them up to 13th in the Bostik North table and on the edge of the top 10.

It’s been a slow burner for Morsley and his coaching staff since they took over last year from Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds.

There has been some criticism from fans over Morsley’s player selection and tactics and while everything is still far from rosy, green shoots at the west Suffolk club are in evidence.

“Tuesday night at Maldon was the best performance from my team since I rejoined the club,” Morsley said.


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“After suffering a torrid first 25 minutes when we got our formation totally wrong, the switch was key and we never looked back.

“2-1 doesn’t do us justice as we hit the woodwork three times in the second half and the winner from Phil Kelly (his first for the club) gave us all three points.

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“I feel we have answered a few doubters in the previous two games, with six points gained following a couple of mature performances, including our win last week against Barking.

“We were out of the traps putting Barking totally on the back foot last week. They were too much for us in the away game in October but they had little answer to our offensive play.”

Sudbury travel to a Heybridge side who still have a plethora of games to catch up on after fantastic runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

Jody Brown has done fantastically well at Scraley Road, but there have been slight chinks in the armour in recent weeks, the Swifts have lost their last three league games. Morsley, however has the upmost respect for the Essex side.

“Saturday’s game is one of the biggest tests for my team this season,” he said.

“For me they are the best team in the division, Jody Brown knows what he is doing and is an excellent coach; I expect his team to ask us a lot of questions – and they will really test us.”

Meanwhile, Brown knows his side are not in the best of form and accepts it will be a tough test too.

“Sudbury are a big football club, even when they are not in the best of form. They are well supported, there is a degree of expectation.

“They have just beaten Barking and Maldon in their last two games, both play-off contenders. Mark Morsley has added decent players of late to his squad.

MORE: Jody Brown: My team is ‘mentally drained’“He is strenghtening his squad in his own way, slowly bringing in players he does want. This is a tough game for us. We are not in great form, we are aware of that. Then again we have to put things in perspective.

“It’s easy to forget where we were a year ago.

“One of the parts of the process we have been on has been part of our recruitment. But we have so many players out, it has taken its toll a bit.”

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