Match-winner Newby believes AFC players answered critics with dogged display

GOAL! Stefan Mallardo Pope sees Craig Pope's effort cross the line to  bring  the scoreline to 2-2 in Tuesday's replay
GOAL! Stefan Mallardo Pope sees Craig Pope's effort cross the line to bring the scoreline to 2-2 in Tuesday's replay

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND: AFC Sudbury 3 Redbridge 2

Kris Newby believes AFC Sudbury answered their critics with a display of determination to get past Redbridge in the FA Cup.

The pacy wideman played a big part in keeping them in the competition, bringing them level after Daniel Chambers’ third-minute opener before headed in a dramatic replay winner in the last minute of extra-time to prevent the need for penalties on Tuesday.

In between his first goals for the club since signing from Witham Town in the summer, Brian Moses had headed the Motormen into a half-time lead against the run of play before the Yellows finally converted their hatful of chances into another equaliser when Craig Pope bundled in a corner after 68 minutes.

“The boys showed great character and togetherness,” said Newby, who had injured his knee minutes before having to hobble back on, with all the substitutes used, to score the winner. “It has been questioned over the last few weeks because we have had a few bickerings on the pitch and in the changing rooms, but that was just what we needed, to come from behind and show character and togetherness.

“I think we can now kick on from this and it felt very good.”

With Ryan Henshaw (hand) and Ryan Maxwell (hamstring) injured, Lawrence Yig returned, while Payton Swatman and Jack Guyton came in, with Ayrton Coley dropping to the bench.

The game instantly sparked memories of Saturday’s first instalment when a quick early counter saw Redbridge take the lead when Joe Gent outpaced Lee Flynn down the right and Chambers got ahead of Stefan Mallardo to prod in his dangerous low cross.

Jake Reed put past the post, Guyton wasted a good chance and Payton Swatman forced a good save as AFC quickly got on top.

The equaliser followed 22 minutes in when James Baker flicked on Flynn’s corner and Newby stooped to head in at the far post.

But the hosts went into the break behind after the towering Brian Moses was able to head in a Mark Nougher corner at the other end 17 minutes later.

Baker volleyed over when well placed and Parker saved well from Pope and Swatman as Sudbury piled on the pressure after the break.

Alex Archer had to block from Gent at the other end, but the equaliser AFC richly deserved came from another Flynn corner 22 minutes from time when Pope bundled home in a crowded box.

A Baker glancing header came back off the post, Pope almost converted another goalmouth scramble and a Newby effort whistled past the post before extra-time was signalled.

AFC continued to probe, but it was not until the second half when chances arived.

Both sides could have won it before Newby’s last-gasp header, with Shane Wallace flashing a cross past the far post with Danny Charge and Moses unable to convert and Pope’s header kept out by a flying save from Parker.

“It seemed no matter how many chances we created they had a player on the line and someone throwing their body at it,” added Newby. “We have had to dig in and pull it off in extra-time but it is a big win for us and we’re in the next round.

“It is a relatively good 
draw at home against a 
lower-league side (FC Romania on September 13), but it won’t be easy as they have already beaten someone in our division.”

player ratings

ALEX ARCHER...........................7

Swept up well. Few good blocks.

STEFAN MALLARDO .................5

Struggled to contain Chambers.

LEE FLYNN.................................8

Deliveries were excellent again.

MICHAEL SHINN.......................7

Drove side forward as captain.

LAWRENCE YIGA......................7

Was strong against robust side.

CRAIG POPE.............................8

Scored and colossus at both ends.

KRIS NEWBY.............................8 Man of the match

Will not forget his first AFC goals.

PAYTON SWATMAN..................8

Unlucky not to score. Coped well as both winger and at full-back.

JAMES BAKER...........................7

Typically hard-working display.

JAKE REED................................8

Neat touch and stretched defence

JACK GUYTON..........................6

Few sloppy passes blotted copybook and lucky not to be punished.

SUBSTITUTES

JOSH KERRIDGE

(For Baker 106) 6

Little time to make real impact.

SCOTT KEMP

(for Jake Reed 93) 7

Was a real livewire up front.

JORDAN BLACKWELL

(for Mallardo 74) 7

Got behind defence few times.

SUBS NOT USED:

Jack Wilkinson

Ayrton Coley.

match stats

AFC RED

Shots on target 9 5

Shots off target 8 2

Woodwork 1 0

Corners 11 6

Offsides 3 4

FKs conceded 10 20

Bookings: AFC: Yiga (foul), Swatman (foul). REDBRIDGE: Nougher (foul), Adelekan (foul), Murphy (dissent).

Red cards: None.

Referee: Nigel Phillips.

Attendance: 122.