Controversial dismissal costs AFC on the road

RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

Potters Bar Town 4

AFC Sudbury 1

AFC Sudbury fell to a second successive defeat on Saturday, but played with 10 men after defender Ashley Sloots was controversially red carded in the 12th minute.

Sloots, who was dismissed for allegedly fouling Ailey a Potters Bar corner was delivered, seemed bewildered by the decision and pleaded a case of mistaken identity, but his plea fell on deaf ears.

AFC keeper Alex Archer brilliantly saved Cole Penny’s resultant spot-kick, but was beaten after 21 minutes when Ailey fired home.

Twice man-of-the-match Archer did well to keep out efforts from Gershfield, but it was not all one-way traffic and the hard-working Leon Antoine was unlucky with a volley that the home keeper managed to parry away.

Any hopes of 10-man AFC getting back into the game virtually disappeared four minutes after the restart when Potters Bar doubled their advantage with a fine goal from Penny, who ended a left-wing move with a chip from the edge of the area.

AFC failed to make the most of two free-kicks in attacking positions and James Baker was only just off target with a fierce drive before two fine finishes from Danny Johnson after 65 and 71 minutes sealed a comfortable win for the hosts.

In the last minute, Antoine scored a consolation goal.