DIVISION ONE NORTH
Brentwood Town 1
AFC Sudbury 0
AFC Sudbury captain Sam Clarke wants to give the Yellows’ fans something to cheer about in their final home match of the season.
Sudbury have failed to live up to their pre-season promotion hopes this campaign, but can complete their fixtures at The MEL Group Stadium on a high when they host Soham Town Rangers on Saturday (3pm).
It will also be Clarke’s final match of the season after he was sent off in AFC’s 1-0 loss at Brentwood Town at the weekend, ending an injury-plagued 2012/13 for the midfielder.
“We want to try and get a win under our belts to give the supporters something to be a bit positive about,” said the skipper, who has had separate spells out with a broken arm and medial knee ligament injuries. “It’s been a troubled season unfortunately, but what has happened has happened, so we just have to try and get on with it.
“We expect a hard game, but hopefully we will get a win for the home fans and send them away on a positive note.”
In their match at Brentwood on Saturday, twice Alex Archer made fine saves to prevent the hosts taking the lead in the early stages.
At the other end, Brentwood custodian Masen Haynes superbly kept out James Baker’s header and then made an even better stop from the Yellows’ striker, who had reacted first to Lee Townrow’s glanced header coming back off the crossbar.
Archer went full length to keep out a Bantick header while Dave Cowley’s effort was cleared off the line.
Sudbury were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining when Clarke was yellow-carded for the second time. This time it was for a tackle having been booked in the first half for dissent.
AFC defended stoutly and Archer appeared to have earned his team a point when he kept out Steve Butterworth’s spot-kick and Lewis Frost’s follow-up, but Butterworth would have the last laugh, tapping home from close range after Archer had denied Ted Llewellyn.
AFC Sudbury: Archer, Henshaw (Maina 82), Martin (N Clarke 55), Shinn, Townrow, Cutts, Antoine, S Clarke, Baker, Ingram (Fisher 87), Cowley. Unused sub: Dalby.
Free Press man of the match: Several contenders, but keeper Alex Archer takes it after several good saves, including a penalty stop.
AFC Bookings: Sam Clarke (two — dissent and tackle), James Baker (dissent).
n James Baker joined Michael Shinn and Sam Clarke in signing a contract at The MEL Group Stadium for the 2013/14 campaign.