Sudbury won’t stop pushing until the title is secure

AFC Sudbury v Aveley. Sudbury's Craig Parker fires a shot in.

AFC Sudbury v Aveley. Sudbury's Craig Parker fires a shot in. - Credit: Archant

AFC Sudbury’s band of brothers won’t take their foot off the pedal until promotion from Ryman North is secured, according to forward Craig Parker.

The King’s Marsh club are runaway leaders at the top of the table, heading into the final two months of the season, with their lead currently standing at 12 points from Thurrock in second and Harlow in third. Those two sides do, though, hold a game in hand.

Following six wins from six in February, a similarly good March could see Sudbury wrap the title up by the end of the month, which begins with a visit to fourth-placed AFC Hornchurch today.

While the reality of promotion is getting ever nearer for the league leaders, Parker insisted he and his teammates won’t take their foot off the gas until it’s secured - whenever that may be.

“It’s great at the moment, we’re so full of confidence at the moment because things have been going so well, we just want it to continue,” he said.

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“It’s a big game for us this weekend, Hornchurch are going really well and are looking at promotion themselves, so we have to fully concentrate on doing our thing, playing our game and hopefully that will get us over the line.

“There’s still a long way to go, nine games and plenty of points to play for, but if we keep going how we have been then hopefully that will be enough for us to get over the line and win the league.

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“We’re in the right position, the one we want to be in, because we’ve had a great February and then hopefully it will be enough for us if we have a great March.”

Parker believes the positive atmosphere around the club has contributed to his side’s continued success this season, with the players working hard for one another to achieve their goal.

“It’s a great atmosphere, it has been all season and we’re a close-knit bunch of lads which has really helped us get on this good run,” he said.

“It’s definitely been a catalyst for such a good season I think, everyone’s trying to do their best for the team and we’re focussed on trying to get as many three points for the team to keep on pushing up the league table.

“We’re all just desperate to get us over the line now because we’ve worked so hard as a team to be able to get there ”

Of today’s visit to Hornchurch, Parker is expecting a tough encounter against a side with promotion ambitions of their own, having been involved in a number of competitive games at the Bridge.

“It’s difficult going to their place, I’ve been there a few times and it’s always been tough matches against good sides,” he said.

“We’ll have to be on our game if we’re going to get the three points but we go there with confidence and we’ll give our all once again.”

Promotion rivals Thurrock take on fifth-placed Cheshunt today while Harlow are in action against Bury Town, with Sudbury facing games against Great Wakering Rovers, Aveley, Waltham Abbey and Bury later this month as they bid to wrap up the title.

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