Disappointing home start for new AFC boss

TOUGH DAY: Action from AFC Sudbury's clash with Thamesmead Town.
TOUGH DAY: Action from AFC Sudbury's clash with Thamesmead Town.

AFTER their superb FA Cup victory the previous week AFC Sudbury’s poor league form continued on Saturday with a fourth consecutive defeat after Thamesmead scored twice in the first half.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

AFC Sudbury 0

Thamesmead Town 2

This was temporary manager Chris Tracey’s first home game since his appointment, and he was forced to make a change to his winning side due to an injury to defender Steve Adams. In a re-shuffled team striker David Lorimer was given a start while on the bench Tracey named his latest signing, Craig Calver, a striker, from King’s Lynn, who was starting his second spell with the club having scored twice in nine appearances in 2010.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances, but the visitors made the most of theirs.

After a quiet opening Thamesmead took the lead after 15 minutes from their first corner when Lewis Tozer headed home at the near post.

There was a stroke of good fortune about their second goal after 33 minutes when Theo Fairweather-Johnson’s shot took a wicked deflection to loop over keeper Danny Gay into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later referee Marc Wilson had to leave the action having suffered a leg injury. After a lengthy stoppage he was replaced by his senior assistant, and local official Danny Freeman, who was a spectator, took over on the line.

AFC finished the half strongly and they dominated the second period in terms of possession. They forced nine corners but seldom looked like breaking down a well-organised Thamesmead defence, although a free kick from David Wareham struck a post and the same player forced Thamesmead’s keeper Sam Mott into a fine tip-over save.

AFC Sudbury: Gay; Martin, Sloots, Henshaw, N Clarke, S Clarke, Howell, Emmanuel, Ogbonna, Lorimer (Calver 61), Wareham. Unused subs: Swain, Brown, Nicoll and D Smith.

Yellow cards: Henshaw, S Clarke and Ogbonna. Attendance 240.

l On Saturday it is back to FA Cup action when AFC travel to Merstham for a second qualifying round match (3.00). The Surrey side play in the Ryman League Division One South. If a replay is necessary it will be at the MEL Group Stadium on Tuesday (7.45). If there is no replay, AFC will be at home to Cheshunt in the league on Tuesday (7.45).

l AFC Sudbury Gold, winners week 21: £100 — 256, T Poole, Bush Grove, Sudbury; £10 — 224, Mrs G Scott, Constitution Hill, Sudbury; £10 — 161, Mrs A Bolitho, Greys Close, Cavendish.