Division One North
AFC Sudbury 2
Cray Wanderers 1
Two goals in a four-minute spell late in the second half saw AFC Sudbury come from behind to secure their first league double of the season.
Saturday’s home win over Cray Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to eight games, the last six of which have been victories.
Sudbury boss Davis Batch made three changes to the side that started in the midweek win against Waltham Abbey.
In came Lee Flynn, Kris Newby and Scott Kemp and replaced were Correy Davidson, Jack Guyton and Ayrton Coley, who were named among the substitutes.
Sudbury started brightly, but the Cray defence held firm and it was against the run of play the visitors took the lead.
From their first serious attack after 22 minutes, they broke down the their left and a cross into the home box found Shaun Welford, who capitalised on a defensive slip to easily beat home goalkeeper Marcus Garnham for the opener.
The remainder of the half was fairly even, but Garnham had to be at his best to tip over a free-kick from Isa Hussein to prevent Cray from increasing their lead.
Wanderers started the second half positively and AFC’s number one had to be quick off his line to deny Kery Kedze.
Sudbury enjoyed plenty of possession without creating any good chances whereas Cray, who were playing better than their lowly league position of 22nd suggested, looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Garnham again came to Sudbury’s rescue with the save of the game after 71 minutes when he palmed away a close-range header from the dangerous Welford.
Five minutes later, the hosts equalised with a fine strike from substitute Correy Davidson, who had earlier gone close with a shot that only just missed the target. But this time a fine move ended when he swept home from 12 yards from a pinpoint cross from Scott Kemp.
Sudbury went all out for the winning goal and it came four minutes later when Newby’s flick found defender Ben Robinson, who had broken down the right and he fired home an unstoppable volley for his first goal for the club to clinch a hard-earned home victory.
AFC Sudbury: Garnham, Robinson, Flynn (Davidson 66), Wilkinson, Henshaw, Pope, Newby, Clarke, Rymer, Kemp (Guyton 79), Berquez (Yiga 74). Unused subs: Coley, Blackwell.
Free Press man of the match: Marcus Garnham. His saves kept Sudbury in the game.
AFC yellow cards: Henshaw, Newby, Rymer and Berquez.
n On Saturday, AFC Sudbury are back on the FA Trophy trail with yet another away game, their fourth in the competition, when they travel to Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side St Neots Town in a third qualifying round fixture (3pm) with a prize fund of £4,000 and a place in the first round proper at stake.
In the event of a draw on Saturday, the replay will be at The Wardale Williams Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm), otherwise Soham Town Rangers will be the visitors in a rearranged Ryman League game (also 7.45pm).