DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 2
Waltham Abbey 0
A goal in each half without reply saw Sudbury complete their third league double of the season on Saturday, but they rode their luck at times with the visitors twice being denied by the woodwork and some good saves by Alex Archer in the home goal.
Without Sam Clarke and Adam Dalby due to injury and illness,manager Chris Tracey was able to include influential midfielder Michael Shinn had recovered from his neck injury.
Waltham Abbey started positively, forcing Archer into an early save when he palmed away James Peagram’s free-kick.
Peagram had a another effort saved before Abbey’s Joe Pearman had a shot deflected on to the home crossbar and the rebound was fired off target.
Having survived the early pressure, Sudbury got more into the game and Dave Cowley was only inches wide before they broke the deadlock midway through the half.
Shinn’s free-kick into the danger area found its way to the far post where Ryan Henshaw rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Archer saved with his feet to deny Dean Green an equaliser before Sudbury saw James Baker’s close-range header bring a fine reflex save from the visiting keeper.
Early in the second half, Abbey went close to equalising when Ayrton Coley’s shot rebounded off a post and was forced wide.
From then on it was nip and tuck until Sudbury sealed victory in stoppage time when Antoine seized on an Abbey defensive lapse to fire home off the keeper to clinch a hard-fought victory.
AFC Sudbury: Archer, Henshaw, Martin, Shinn, Darg, Cutts, Maina (De’ath 77), Pond, Baker, Antoine, Cowley. Unused subs: Brown, Fisher Dalby.
Free Press man of the match: Rhys Darg.