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Tom Wood lets goal do the talking in Cambridge City win over AFC Sudbury in BetVictor Isthmian League, North Division

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale
Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale

Tom Wood was delighted to let his football do the talking by scoring in Cambridge City’s 2-0 victory over AFC Sudbury in BetVictor Isthmian League, North Division.

The midfielder made the switch to the Lilywhites from St Ives Town at the start of the month, but the move was not without controversy.

After City put in a seven-day notice of approach for Wood, it allowed the Saints a week to consider offering him a better deal.

However, despite permission not being granted before the seven days were up, Wood joined City, leading to St Ives boss Ricky Marheineke airing his frustrations on social media.

But the dust has now settled and after his second appearance for City, Wood said: “There is always controversy when you get signings between local clubs but I just wanted to get back to enjoying my football and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it [against Sudbury]. To get a goal, clean sheet and the win, it was a perfect Saturday.”

City started the game well with striker Arel Amu testing the opposition keeper after 10 minutes.

It was City skipper Luke Knight who took the responsibility to ensure they had something to show for their early pressure, unleashing a powerful left-footed 25-yard drive into the net after 36 minutes.

Sudbury upped the ante in the second half, with Callum Harrison’s free-kick striking the bar, sandwiched between clearances off the line from Knight and Jordan Gent respectively.

The away side’s late pressure allowed City to counter. Ryan Sharman opted against going to the corner and found Wood, whose shot from the edge of the box hit the back of the net after clipping the underside of the bar.

“I was going to moan at Sharman for not taking it into the corner to waste a bit of time, but I found myself in a pocket of space and just thought ‘hit the target, work the keeper’,” said Wood.

“When it went in that really took the pressure off the boys and I think we deserved it.”

City boss Robbie Nightingale was also relieved with the win.

“It’s been a frustrating week [after a 2-1 defeat to Soham Town Rangers] but the beauty of football is it can quickly change,” he said.

“The performance, certainly first half, was more what we’re about. We got the goal and maybe deserved to be two or three up at half time.

“It’s really important we use this as a stepping stone to move forward. The group that we have now is settled. It’s a new group and we want to achieve something.”

City are away to Great Wakering Rovers this Saturday (February 15).

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