DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 3 Harlow Tn 2
After conceding two early goals, AFC Sudbury hit back to clinch a deserved victory on Saturday to seal their first league double of the season and extend their unbeaten run to four games.
In the first half Harlow had a strong wind at their backs and they took full advantage to take the lead after 11 minutes when a left-wing cross found Hector Mackie, who fired the visitors into the lead.
Five minutes later, Mackie scored his second with a low shot from the edge of the area to double Harlow’s advantage.
With the visitors still in charge, Piers Wixon shot just wide before Sudbury got more into the game and they pulled a goal back just before the break when Adam Dalby’s long throw into the penalty was flicked on and Leon Antoine headed in at the far post.
It was a different story after the break with Sudbury dominating play and former Harlow player Dave Cowley was only inches wide before defender Tom Cutts joined the Sudbury attack and finished clinically with an angled shot to level the scores after 73 minutes.
Sudbury continued to dominate and they deservedly took the lead with five minutes remaining when a right wing move ended when Antoine volleyed home his second from Robbie Martin’s cross to clinch a well earned home win.
AFC Sudbury: Archer, Dalby, Sloots, Martin, Henshaw, Cutts, Antoine, Pond, Baker, Bowditch, Cowley. Unused subs: Brown, Sinfield, Bailey, Fisher, Swallow.
Free Press man of the match: Tom Cutts - After a shaky start, like the rest of his team, the defender excelled at the back and was unlucky not to score more than one goal when he joined the attack.
Yellow cards: Henshaw and Pond (tackles).
n Boxing Day’s Suffolk derby against Needham Market at the MEL Group Stadium ended goal-less in front of 322 fans who saw an entertaining game. There were chances at both ends but both keepers played well and a draw was a fair result.
n AFC are at home on Saturday when Aveley are hosted at the MEL Group Stadium (3pm).