Assistant Manager Lee Norfolk (pictured) described last Saturday’s end to AFC Sudbury’s six-game unbeaten run as ‘a bad day at the office all-round’.
The Yellows had pushed themselves up into the top ten after a run of form which saw them register four straight wins before a goalless draw at Tilbury was followed by toppling runaway league leaders AFC Hornchurch at King’s Marsh last time out. But Saturday’s visit to second-placed Bowers & Pitsea saw the run end after a goal either side of the interval, with Ben Sartain breaking the deadlock in the 34th minute, followed by David Knight’s strike four minutes after the restart.
Norfolk felt it was a flat performance from start to finish. “It was a scrappy game we never got going in,” he said. “They made it difficult playing direct but the pitch was conducive to good football. “It was poor defending for both goals and we have been defending really well of late. “Other than Joe Whight hitting one from forty yards, which the goalkeeper had to tip over, we did not really have a chance.
“We did not do ourselves justice and it was just a bad day at the office all round.” Manager Mark Morsley decided to use all three substitutes just after the hour mark, with Max Booth, Will Crisell and Tom Dettmar all coming on.
And Norfolk feels all three helped to stake their claim for a starting place when 17th place Witham Town visit on Saturday. “The door may be open to one or two,” he said. “Those players who came on had an impact and lifted the team a bit.”
The result saw Suffolk rivals Bury Town, who drew 0-0 at home to Waltham Abbey, leapfrog AFC into ninth place and leave them 10 points from the top six guaranteed play-off places. But while the management team have not made light of the fact the play-offs is not the target this season, as they look to rebuild for a full-on promotion charge next term.
Norfolk said they still want to get another run going.“We have been on a good run so we are hoping Saturday proves to be a bit of a blip and hopefully we can go again with another one, “We want to be as competitive as we can between now and the end of the season. “We have a lot of points to play for still and we want to finish as high up the table as we can”.
With thanks to Russell Claydon and the Suffolk Free Press