AFC’s winning run halted by Romford

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RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

AFC Sudbury 2 Romford 2

by Pat Arbon at The MEL Group Stadium

TRAILING by two goals after eight minutes, AFC Sudbury fought back to earn a share of the spoils on Saturday thanks to a brace of goals from Richard Howell.

But after dominating the second half, they will be disappointed at not extending their winning league run to seven games.

An injury to central defender Nathan Clarke forced manager Chris Tracey into making a change and in came player/coach Jack Wignall. Midfielder Robbie Martin got the nod ahead of Danny Emmanuel, who dropped to the bench.

After failing to make the most of a chance in the opening seconds, the home side found themselves two goals down inside the opening 10 minutes.

Straight from the kick-off, Martin put a teasing cross into the Romford box and it was scrambled away.

But after a Sudbury corner was cleared, the visitors broke away to take the lead after three minutes when Ellis Skidmore, making his debut for Romford, caught the home defence square and his shot on the run from 25 yards beat home keeper Danny Gay who had left his line.

Five minutes later, the home defence were caught cold again when Gay palmed away a cross from Joe Oates and the loose ball fell to Skidmore who hooked home to double his account and Romford’s lead.

AFC took some time to get their momentum going but when they did they deservedly got a goal back seven minutes before the break.

Martin, who had looked dangerous down the right, crossed and James Baker headed back into the danger area and Howell hammered home from close range.

AFC started the second half positively and Howell equalised with his second of the game after 56 minutes with a quality goal. Baker did well to retain possession and find Martin and his cross into the area found Howell whose header gave the visiting keeper no chance.

AFC were now in the ascendancy but they squandered numerous other chances and had to settle for a point. It was enough for them to retain fifth place in the league table but they will look upon this match as two points dropped.

AFC: Gay, Dalby, Sloots (Fox 46), Shinn, Wignall (Darg 83), Henshaw, Martin, S Clarke, Baker, Howell, Wareham. Unused subs: Hawes, Emmanuel and Nicoll.