'A different challenge'. Morsley looks ahead to Basildon United encounter

PUBLISHED: 12:15 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:07 01 March 2019

Sudbury keeper Paul Walker saves a William Harris shot during the game last weekend against Great Wakering Photo: PAUL VOLLER

Sudbury keeper Paul Walker saves a William Harris shot during the game last weekend against Great Wakering Photo: PAUL VOLLER

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AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley sees no reason his side can't get a positive result at Basildon on Saturday afternoon.

The King’s Marsh side travel to a Bees team who, having started the season in flying fashion after their promotion from the Essex Senior League, have fallen away as the campaign has gone on.

Sudbury picked up their first league win in three last weekend, 2-1, against Great Wakering. They sit just outside the Bostik North play-offs in seventh place, but a full 12 points behind Coggeshall, who are in the final fifth play-off position.

“It was important to return to winning ways last Saturday against Great Wakering after what were two disappointing defeats,” Morsley said.

“Actually we were excellent in the first half and fully deserved our half-time lead.

“We then showed some resolute defending in the second half.”

But Morsley knows Basildon will offer a tough test, despite the Essex side having won just two of their last 21 games.

“Saturday’s game is another different challenge for us as Basildon are a fairly robust side who play on a pretty poor pitch,” Morsley added.

“They are quite direct so we will need some more of that committed defending, and winning personal battles will be key.

“If we can do that and add a bit of flair to our game I believe we can get a positive result.”

While Sudbury sit in a comfortable position in Bostik North, Basildon’s season has been turbulent to say the least.

Having returned to Isthmian League football for the first time in 27 years, the Bees began the season with a lengthy unbeaten run and sat at the Bostik North summit.

But, following confirmation of a budget cut being needed at the club, Marc Harrison resigned as manager less than 24 hours after a 4-0 defeat to Bowers & Pitsea, in November.

It signalled the start of a decline for the Bees and while they would have hoped to have done enough not to have the threat of relegation hanging over them, if they don’t pick up a few more wins, they could have a nervy end to the campaign.

Sudbury, meanwhile, have a home clash with Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday night.

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