Mid-week round-up: AFC Sudbury pull off another cup upset to set up Braintree glamour tie

FINED: AFC Sudbury have been fined �300 for their part in the abandoned game with Hendon in January
FINED: AFC Sudbury have been fined �300 for their part in the abandoned game with Hendon in January

AFC Sudbury was the scene of wild celebrations on Tuesday night, as a Lawrence Yiga thunderbolt proved enough to overcome St Neots Town at the second attempt.

It served to put the Suffolk club through to a first round proper FA Trophy tie at Conference Premier outfit Braintree Town.

After Saturday’s tie against the Southern League Premier Division side, who play a league higher than AFC, ended in a 1-1 draw only following a 93rd-minute equaliser for the Cambridgeshire side, AFC were fortunate not to still be goalless at the break.

Despite creating a few half chances from a game which was evenly balance in terms of territory in the opposition half, AFC goalkeeper Marcus Garnham had to pull off two good saves to prevent St Neots going ahead.

But it did not take long after the restart for the deadlock to be broken, as Yiga, deployed as a holding midfielder, arrowed a 30-yard shot into the top corner on 47 minutes.

The home backline had to show their resilience though as St Neots pushed for a leveller.

Craig Pope and Ryan Henshaw held firm though, while Garnham continued to excel in marshalling his defence and proving to be quick off his line in the closing stages to sweep up when the Cambridgeshire side did break through.

But there was to be no late salvation this time for St Neots, who became the third higher league opposition in a row the Yellows have toppled in the Trophy, with near-neighbours Braintree, who play three leagues higher, their reward on December 13 (3pm).

* For full match report, reaction and player ratings, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.