AFC Sudbury boss confident of causing upset against Gosport Borough in FA Trophy
AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold is confident his side can cause a shock in the FA Trophy First Round today when they host National League South side, Gosport Borough.
Twenty-four places separate Ryman Premier side Sudbury and their Hampshire-based opponents, but having seen league rivals Leiston win in the Trophy at National South side Eastbourne Borough in midweek, Godbold sees no reason why his side cannot join the giant-killing party.
Asked if he took inspiration from Leiston’s victory, Godbold said: “Absolutely, we have played Leiston twice this season and while we lost both games, there wasn’t much between the teams apart from in front of goal.
“By all accounts they should have won the tie the first time round and I would question how much of a difference in quality there is between the top teams in the Ryman Premier and the teams near the bottom in the Conference South.
“We looked at the draw and the teams in it and almost saw this as a winnable game.
“We have had them watched and they are in a similar position to us – albeit a league higher – they are good going forward, but susceptible in defence.”
New signing Erkan Okay could start today, after playing in the League Cup defeat at Hornchurch in midweek, and Godbold explained the role the 31-year-old can play in his side.
“I played with Erkan at Lowestoft and I am well aware of his strengths – I think he will make us a bit more resolute and adds a bit of experience to a relatively young side,” Godbold explained.
Two other recent signings, Aidan Austin and Dylan Williams, could also feature, the young duo impressing since they came to the Wardale Williams Stadium.
“Aidan was released by Nottingham Forest in the summer and did not play for six months, so he is finding his way to fitness, but since he has been here he has done really well,” said the former Kirkley & Pakefield boss.
“Dylan has come on-loan from Cambridge (United) and has scored a couple of important goals.
“Both players are young, hungry and willing to learn,
“They compliment the signing of Erkan (Okay) well who has experience at non-league level and I think the mix is a real good recipe.”