Wroxham have wind in their sails as they head to Ryman League Division One North leaders AFC Sudbury

Jamie Godbold, the boss of AFC Sudbury. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Jamie Godbold, the boss of AFC Sudbury. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

Wroxham manager Damian Hilton goes into this afternoon's clash with top-of-the-table AFC Sudbury in good heart, writes Adrian Gowling.

A 1-0 away win on Easter Monday at Brightlingsea Regent was secured with a little assistance from Storm Katie, which was blowing the full length of the pitch.

An away clean sheet was the Yachtsmen's first since October 24 at Thamesmead and a cross-cum-shot by Tom Cullumbine, which was spilled by the Regent goalkeeper, was enough to secure all three points.

Hilton will be sweating on the fitness of central defender Matt Halliday, who limped out of the game early in the second half on Monday.

If he fails to be passed fit then there are a few options to replace him as Hilton has strengthened his defence since arriving at Trafford Park. Assistant manager Gavin Lemmon was Halliday's replacement on Monday and could play a part on Sudbury's 3G pitch. A further alternative is former Sudbury player Josh Carus, who could slot into the back line.

Sudbury go into the game having been defeated last weekend at the Wardale Williams Stadium by lowly Waltham Abbey.

Wroxham will be well aware that Sudbury's away record is better than at home where they have lost on five occasions.

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Sudbury sit 11 points clear of the second-placed side and their manager, the former Lowestoft Town player Jamie Godbold, will certainly not underestimate the Norfolk side. Godbold will include James Baker and captain Sam Clarke, back from suspension.

Sudbury ran out 2-1 winners in the corresponding fixture at Trafford Park last November, with Nathan Stone netting for Wroxham in a tight game which saw the hosts have two goals disallowed.

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