Andy Reynolds has played down the rivalry between AFC Sudbury and Bury Town after Ollie Canfer became the latest player to cross the ‘blue-yellow divide’.
The attacking midfielder ended his stay at The Wardale Williams Stadium this week to join AFC’s historically fierce local rivals Bury Town, and with it add himself to the growing list of players to have recently swapped their allegiances between the Suffolk clubs after a blackout gap.
And With Bury’s relegation last season seeing both Suffolk clubs renew their league rivalry after a period of five years, Sudbury assistant boss Reynolds does not share previous manager’s views on their being any bad blood between the two clubs.
“Football in Suffolk is a relatively small place and from what I’ve found people do tend to get on,” he said.
“Personally I try to make my relationship with the other clubs as good as possible, because most of the time I’m asking to use their players for the Suffolk team.
“A lot is made of the rivalry between Sudbury and Bury, but the players all get on as do the management teams.
“Jamie and myself wouldn’t have a bad word to say about Ben (Chenery, Bury manager) or Christian (Appleford, assistant). On derby day it might be more fired up between the teams but everyone gets on well with each other.”
AFC (6th) will be hoping to avoid a potential banana skin when they host second-from-bottom Haringey Borough on Saturday (3pm).
After suffering a 5-1 thrashing at promotion rivals Thurrock on Saturday, the Yellows shared the spoils at Heybridge Swifts in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
With lower league Felixstowe and Walton United the visitors in the Suffolk Premier Cup second round on Tuesday (7.45pm), Reynolds is hopeful AFC can use their scintillating home form to get back to winning ways.
“We hit the ground running with game one,” the Sudbury assistant said when talking about how the Yellows have adjusted to their new 3G playing surface.
“Games two and three were reality checks for us in showing the pitfalls it can bring, but it very much suits the players at the club and our philosophy.
“We’re on a good run now and are looking a force at home, which we need to make sure doesn’t dip.”
AFC will assess the fitness of Jack Newman (knee) ahead of the weekend, while Luis Tibbles will be hoping to keep hold of the number one shirt after making his first-team debut on Tuesday.
“The message from us is that you have to earn your place in this side,” Reynolds said.
“Luis came in as we felt the game and the personnel in the side suited him, which meant Ollie (Bowles) dropped to the bench.
“It’s great that we’ve got players in all positions that know they have to compete for the shirt.”
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