DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 2 Wroxham 4
AFC Sudbury’s poor league form continued with a fifth consecutive defeat on Saturday, but it was a somewhat flattering scoreline for the Norfolk side.
Sudbury had by far the better of the early exchanges, but found Wroxham’s goalkeeper Jake Jessup in sparkling form.
The Norfolk visitors took the lead against the run of play 15 minutes in through Ben Jones’ strike through a crowd of players.
Sudbury hit back with intense pressure and Baker deservedly equalised two minutes before the break when he stabbed home a cross from the right.
But a Wroxham counter caught the home defence square and Ben Thompson scored from close range to give the visitors a half-time lead.
Wroxham increased their advantage nine minutes into the second period when a loose ball fell to Matthew Daniels, who volleyed home an unstoppable shot.
Four minutes later, Sudbury reduced the deficit when a right-wing corner was only partially cleared and Nathan Clarke headed home in the box.
A double save from Jessup denied Dave Cowley and Leon Antoine to preserved Wroxham’s lead before Sudbury were awarded a penalty after 67 minutes, apparently for a foul by keeper Jessup.
The keeper dived full length to his right to save Baker’s well-struck spot-kick.
It was cruel blow for Sudbury, who, instead of being level, conceded a fourth goal four minutes later when the home defence failed to clear a high ball into the danger area and Jamie Speller fired home an unstoppable shot to clinch a Wroxham victory.
AFC: Archer, Henshaw (Townrow 46), Dalby (Fisher 87), Shinn, N Clarke, Cutts, Maina, S Clarke, Baker, Ingram (Antoine 63), Cowley. Unused sub: Sloots. Attendance: 240
Free Press man of the match: Nathan Clarke
AFC bookings: None.
n Saturday’s defeat followed a 5-2 loss at Romford last Wednesday.
The Essex side took a 3-0 half time lead thanks to a Tom Richardson hat-trick after just 22 minutes.
Luke Ingram’s spectacular volley on his debut and Free Press man-of-the-match Dave Cowley’s free-kick were to be no more than consolations.
Haverhill Rovers 0
AFC Sudbury 2
AFC were quick out the traps in the first half, going 2-0 up in half-an-hour, but it was the defence who had to shine in the second period.
Rachel Gwilliam opened the scoring from the penalty spot and the inevitable second goal was taken by Chloe Mills, who latched on to a well-weighted throughball to lift over the onrushing keeper.
With 10 minutes left Rovers were awarded a penalty but AFC keeper Helena Brodie produced a fantastic save.
AFC Gold winners: Winners week 48 in the AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 R Rego (202), Athlone Street, Kentish Town; £ 10 C Totman (154), Hillside Road, Sudbury; £10 R Tyrell (478); Beaconsfield Close, Sudbury.