Rovers ready for Sudbury challenge

AFC Sudbury v Great Wakering Rovers – Pitching In Isthmian League North – MEL Group Stadium – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview

Despite overseeing his sides’ first Pitching In Isthmian League North victory of the campaign, Great Wakering Rovers boss, Steve Butterworth recognised the magnitude of the challenge his side face when they head to play-off contenders, AFC Sudbury on Tuesday evening.

An early goal from Ashley Nzala ensured the Rovers three points against local rivals, Hullbridge Sports at Burroughs Park, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table. However, their Suffolk host are on cloud nine after bagging a lucrative home Emirates FA Cup first-round tie with Colchester United, a match that looks likely to be chosen for live television coverage by the BBC.

“It’s a tough game in hand for us,” Butterworth told Yellow Sport. 

“Sudbury impressively knocked Dartford out of the cup, setting up the match with Colchester. They are a very good side and will be aware that the whole town is buzzing with anticipation. Let’s hope they celebrated too much and we can catch them off guard.”

Butterworth continued: “But we have to focus on the positives. We got our first win and a clean sheet last weekend. I think we should have won by a wider margin. If we create and take half that amount of chances on Tuesday, then we will come away with something.”

Great Wakering Rovers (from): Tim Brown, Louie Haye, Jake Pitty, Perry Dunn, Shay Rose, Lewis Jaggs, Billy Johnson, Billy Harris, Sam Dulieu, Mitch Gilbey, Jaiden Babalola, Tam Eyong, Charlie Morris, Jake Gordon, Martin Touhy, Adam Vyse, Sam Carter, Connor Martin, George Cox, Ash Nzala 

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Brian Jeeves

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