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Garnham focused on AFC Sudbury’s title push

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TITLE TILT: Marcus Garnham
TITLE TILT: Marcus Garnham

Marcus Garnham is looking forward to a double-header this Easter — which could see AFC Sudbury clinch the title and promotion at rivals Bury.

The Yellows are 12 points clear at the top of the Ryman League Division One North table ahead of hosting relegation-threatened Waltham Abbey on Saturday (3pm).

And with a trip to local rivals Bury Town to follow on Monday (3pm), Sudbury know if results go their way over the weekend they could secure the title at their arch rivals’ ground.

But goalkeeper Garnham insists their focus is solely on their own title push and to keep up the same levels which has seen them pick up 25 points from their last nine games.

“We’re not focusing on what other teams are doing,” said the AFC goalkeeper, who is one of several former Bury players set to return to Ram Meadow.

“We’ve got to focus on what we’ve got to do. That’s to keep on winning so we can cross the line and win the league. We’ll be after the three points against Waltham on Saturday to keep our run going. We want to keep it going until the end of the season.”

Saturday’s 1-0 win at Aveley guaranteed Sudbury at least a play-off finish, with the equation ahead of the weekend now that seven more points will ensure they finish top.

Jamie Godbold’s side could potentially get over the line as early as Monday, but they would need title rivals Thurrock and Harlow Town to both slip up and for themselves to probably pick up maximum points from their two games over the extended weekend.

Along with Garnham, current Sudbury first teamers Craig Parker, Joe Maybanks, Liam Wales, Danny Cunningham and Ross Bailey have all played for the Blues before, which will add extra spice to the A134 derby.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday and Monday,” Garnham said. “It will be good to go back to the Ram and it will be nice to see some familiar faces like the chairman, and the other people who are still involved.

“They did well on Tuesday against Lowestoft Town and were unfortunate to miss out on a place in the (Suffolk Premier Cup) final.

“I got around 20 clean sheets one year when I was playing for Bury in the Zamaretto (Southern) League which is the best I’ve done in a season.”

AFC assistant manager Andy Reynolds has said his side will be taking their final six fixtures one game at a time, as they look to secure the club’s place in the Isthmian League’s top flight for the first time in their history.

“It’s a possibility (Sudbury could win the league on Monday),” he said. “But we’ve got this far with a certain mentality and we’ve got to focus on our remaining games one by one. To take maximum points over the weekend will be easier said than done so it’s important we don’t take our foot off the gas.”

Sam Clarke and James Baker (both suspended) will be available on Monday for the Yellows, who have no injury concerns.