Boss targets Yellows’ poor red card record

CHALLENGING:  James Baker, right, gave AFC the lead from the penalty spot, but then picked up a red card in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Ware

CHALLENGING: James Baker, right, gave AFC the lead from the penalty spot, but then picked up a red card in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Ware

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AFC Sudbury consolidated their position in the Ryman League North play-off spots with two excellent victories 
in the past few days.

But Tuesday’s 3-2 home win over Ware was tarnished by the sending off of James Baker after an hour following a two-footed tackle.

The disciplinary record at AFC, which has seen the club pick up 10 red cards and 79 yellow cards so far this season, is something new manager Jamie Godbold is determined to improve.

“I was aware when I came here of the club’s concern,” he said. “It is something we discussed as a group after Tuesday’s game, and they have taken my concerns on board.”

Sam Clarke starts a four-match ban on Saturday, Baker’s begins in two weeks, and both Kris Newby and Ryan Henshaw face two-match bans after collecting a 10th yellow card each.

“Because of suspensions it will be mid-March before we have a full squad to pick from,” said Godbold.

He strengthened the squad at the end of last week with the signing of attacking midfielder Craig Parker, from Premier Division Leiston.

“He’s a fantastic player, and very experienced at this level. I always admired him as a player, and he always scores goals,” said Godbold. “His professionalism will be a real asset to us for the rest of the season .”

Godbold is full of praise for all his players.

He said: “We’ve been down to the bare bones, and the team has virtually picked itself.

“The mix of young and experienced players is working well.”

Ryan Henshaw made his 200th first team appearance on Tuesday.

“He’s been excellent,” said Godbold. “He has a fantastic attitude, and is good in the dressing room.

“Let’s hope we can get another 200 from him.”

AFC have won their last six league games, last losing in the league to second-placed Needham Market on New Year’s Day, and Godbold is optimistic that the good run can continue.

He said: “I’m not getting carried away, but if we keep working hard and apply ourselves, we can continue to pick up results.”

Saturday’s 4-1 win at Brentwood Town was a game he felt could have gone either way, but Marcus Garnham saved a penalty when AFC were leading 1-0 and this spurred them on.

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