Disappointing finish

CHALLENGE: AFC's Neil Andrew and Soham's Jorden Gent battle for the ball
CHALLENGE: AFC's Neil Andrew and Soham's Jorden Gent battle for the ball

RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

AFC Sudbury 0
 Soham Town Rangers 2

AFC Sudbury’s final home game of the season on Saturday ended in defeat as the Cambridgeshire visitors scored two goals in a two-minute spell early in the first half to complete the league double over their hosts to keep their slim play-off hopes alive.

AFC made one change from the previous game with Adam Dalby coming in for Sam Clarke who was only fit for a place on the substitutes bench.

It was a match of few clear-cut chances but the first fell to the home side in the opening minute when Michael Shinn’s free kick found James Baker but he shot inches wide from close range.

At the other end home keeper Alex Archer was quick off his line to save at the feet of Robbie Mason before the visitors took control with two goals in quick succession.

The first came after 12 minutes when Buster Harradine sent a free kick into the danger area and Mason headed home unchallenged.

Two minutes later Mason became the provider when his through ball was latched on to by Michael Simpson who shook of his marker to beat Archer with a fine shot on the run to double Soham’s lead.

Both sides went close with efforts that failed to hit the target before Sudbury came close to getting a goal back just before half time when the hard-working Leon Antoine brought the save of the game out of Soham keeper Daniel Bircham who went full length to save at the expense of a corner.

Defences dominated a goalless second half in which the home side had plenty of the play but they never tested Bircham as Soham held on for a comfortable victory.

AFC Sudbury: Archer, Dalby, Martin (Fisher 85), Shinn, Townrow, Cutts, Antoine, Henshaw, Baker, Ingram, Cowley. Unused subs: Benham, Jackson & S Clarke.

Free Press Man of The Match: Leon Antoine. The striker toiled hard all match but lacked support. He was run close by defender Tom Cutts who was dominant at the back.

AFC yellow cards: Lee Townrow and Michael Shinn (both tackles).

Attendance: 323

n At half time the AFC Supporters Player of the Season award was presented to Dave Cowley by supporters John Crosbie and Mrs Mercy Gant.

n On Saturday AFC play their final game of the season away at Redbridge (3pm).