Early goal condemns AFC to third straight loss

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RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

Chatham Town 2

AFC Sudbury 0

by Pat Arbon

at the Sports Ground

Leaking an early goal proved fatal for AFC on Saturday as Chatham Town scored twice in the first half to inflict a third consecutive league defeat on Chris Tracey’s team.

James Baker — who was twice denied by the woodwork — was joined by Leon Antoine in attack, in place of the injured Lee Boylan, while Russell Pond returned from suspension to replace Robbie Martin.

Also on the bench was Tracey’s latest signing, Mark Bailey, a defender currently serving in the Armed Forces in Colchester.

Chatham opened the scoring after just five minutes when Rodrigue Ndiane latched on to a throughball to chip the advancing Alex Archer.

Antoine had a header cleared off the line and was then denied at the foot of the post from another header, but Liam Hickey’s angled drive made it 2-0 to Chatham.

Just before half-time, Baker’s header from a free-kick came back off the crossbar and was cleared and closest to getting a goal back came late on when the ex-Braintree Town man did well to find space, but his angled shot, with the keeper beaten, came back off a post and was cleared.

AFC: Archer, Dalby, Sloots, Shinn, Henshaw, Cutts, Pond, Bowditch, Baker, Antoine (Martin 60), Cowley (Maina 60). Unused subs: Bailey, Sinfield.