FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING: Maidstone United 0 AFC Sudbury 2
AFC Sudbury’s fine away form continued in the FA Trophy on Saturday when a brace of goals from Kris Newby inflicted a first home defeat of the season on their Ryman League Premier Division opponents.
David Batch’s side took the lead in the 19th minute, after Correy Davidson’s cross found Newby, whose glancing header from six yards found the back of the net.
Sudbury’s hopes of a cup upset were strengthened when, four minutes later, Maidstone’s Jay May was dismissed.
After tempers boiled over following a clash with Sudbury’s Ryan Henshaw, May was shown a straight red card for an alleged misuse of the elbow.
Maidstone boss Jay Saunders was also given his marching orders by the referee, before the hosts were denied twice by Sudbury’s Marcus Garnham.
After tipping over Ben Greenhaugh’s free-kick, the visiting goalkeeper made a great reflex save to keep out Richard Davies’ effort at goal.
The hosts continued to push for an equaliser after the restart, with Alex Akrofi’s curling shot rebounding back off the post and scrambling clear to safety.
With Maidstone committing more men forward, Sudbury threatened on the counter-attack as Newby’s deflected strike brought a fine save from Lee Worgan.
Substitute Jack Guyton forced the home side’s goalkeeper into another save, before Batch’s side scored a second and decisive goal.
Newby’s 25-yard drive on 89 minutes beat Worgan to seal a fine victory for the visitors.
Sudbury’s reward for that win is a trip to Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side St Neots Town.
The third qualifying round tie will take place at Rowley Park a week on Saturday (3pm).
AFC Sudbury: Garnham, Robinson, Wilkinson, Davidson (Flynn 64), Henshaw, Pope, Newby, Clarke, Baker (Rymer 67), Kemp (Guyton 77), Berqez. Unused subs: Yiga & Coley.