Update: AFC Sudbury game at Thamesmead tonight is postponed, while Lawrence Yiga departs
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AFC Sudbury’s proposed game at Thamesmead Town in the Ryman North Division this evening has fallen foul of the weather.
The Bayliss Avenue pitched failed to pass a lunchtime pitch inspection with the game set to be rescheduled for a later date.
Sudbury were set to be without the suspended and experienced quartet of James Baker, Ryan Henshaw, Kris Newby, and Sam Clarke this evening, but their bans will now carry into Saturday’s home encounter against Romford.
With key personnel missing for forthcoming games, boss Jamie Godbold knows that his side’s next few fixtures will be tough, but is confident that others can step up to the plate.
“The next two or three games are really important for us, because we get hit by all the suspensions,” confirmed Godbold, whose side moved up to third in the league table following Saturday’s 3-0 win over bottom side Burnham Ramblers.
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“We’ll have some difficult games (after being hit by suspensions), but it allows opportunities for some of the fringe players and young players to stake their claim and see what they’re made of.
“The club’s youth structure is starting to flourish and we will always have players to call upon when situations like this arise.”
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While Henshaw (two-match), Baker (three-match), and Newby (four-match) start their respective bans on Saturday, defender-cum-midfielder Lawrence Yiga has been allowed to leave the Wardale Williams Stadium.
In the wake of his League Cup dismissal against Grays Athletic last Tuesday, the all-action player was released last Friday.
“We’ve let Lawrence go,” confirmed Godbold.
“In regards to the recent sending off, he will be suspended for four games, and we need players to represent the football club and to be available.
“Being the new management team (Andy Reynolds is Godbold’s assistant manager), we’re trying to sort out a squad and some people are going to benefit, while others aren’t.
“I have no personal issue with Lawrence, he’s a good lad, he’s worked hard for the team since being here, but he just doesn’t fit into my plans.”
Ollie Berquez (two) and Terry Rymer were on target for the Yellows on Saturday in what Godbold described as a ‘professional performance’. He will hope for the same again on Saturday.