DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 0 Cheshunt 0
Form side Cheshunt were held to a goalless draw on Saturday by a resolute home side, which was just about a fair result from a game of few clear-cut chances.
AFC boss Jamie Godbold made four changes including central defender James Baker returning from injury. He took over the captain’s armband from the injured Sam Clark who was named amongst the substitutes. Robbie Martin and OllieBerquez returnd to the starting 11 and there was a starting debut for recent signing George Clarke.
Recent heavy rain mean that some games fell victim of waterlogged pitches, but there was no such problem at AFC where the artificial 3G pitch was in perfect condition.
With a strong wind at their backs Cheshunt — unbeaten in their previous eight games during which they had scored freely — shaded the first half with their best chance coming midway through when former Sudbury player Ayrton Coley set up Jason Hallett, who forced a fingertip save from keeper Marcus Garnham for corner which came to nothing.
The home side finished the half strongly and Luke Callander, who had seen several efforts go close, had a goalbound effort blocked and George Clarke had his follow up header cleared off the line.
Sudbury had the better of the second half but they were unable to turn possession in goals with Jordan Blackwell firing wide on several occasions and Callander firing straight at the visiting keeper from a good position.
But generally defences dominated and neither keeper was seriously tested leaving the game goalless from a very competitive encounter.
AFC Sudbury: Garnham, Robinson, Martin, Bailey, Henshaw, Baker, G Clarke (Wales 77), Berquez, Callander, Parker, Blackwell. Unused subs: Newman, Maybanks, S Clarke & Godbold.
Free Press Man of The Match: Jordan Blackwell. The young left-sided player was a constant threat to the Cheshunt defence. He went close on several occasions and set up chances for others which went begging.
AFC Sudbury yellow cards: Berquez and Callander (tackles).
n It is back to FA Trophy action on Saturday when Jamie Godbold takes his team to London to play Ryman Premier Division side Hampton & Richmond in a second qualifying round match (3pm).
Then on Tuesday it is back to Ryman North action when Thamesmead Town are the visitors to The Wardale, Williams Stadium in a rearranged league game (7.45pm). However, this game is subject to there being no replay from Saturday’s FA Trophy game.
n Week 28 winners in the AFC Gold fundraiser: £100 R Marsh, 217, New St, Sudbury;
£10 Mrs L Watson, 129, Rectory Rd, Middleton; £10 K Fairbrother, 244, Bradford Drive, Colchester.