Two second-half Cheshunt goals at the Wardale Williams Stadium on Tuesday night condemned AFC Sudbury to their fourth Ryman League home defeat in eight matches, ending their impressive unbeaten run of seven matches, which had included three cup games.
The 3-1 defeat had come on a night where the windy conditions had a hand in the first two goals, with AFC’s recent recruit from Maldon and Tiptree, Ollie Berquez, volleying past his own goalkeeper on his home debut 13 minutes in before Adam Bolle headed over his number one from a Jack Wilkinson throw-in on 29,
AFC had more than enough chances to win the game, but a missed header from Terry Rymer and a close-range effort from Berquez, which went the wrong side of the post, proved costly, while Scott Kemp also hit the bar late on.
Bolle scored twice at the right end, in the 48th and 77th minutes to hand Cheshunt all three points as they continue to prove a bogey side for AFC, who were looking to record their first win over them in three seasons.
In the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup first round, Hadleigh United beat Braintree Town Reserves 3-0 at the Millfield thanks to goals from David Lorimer, Scott Chaplin and Jorrell Hurd, to recent them to winning ways.
Cornard United lost 2-1 at Stanway Rovers in the same competition, while AFC Sudbury Reserves host Long Melford at the Wardale Williams Stadium tonight (7.45pm).
* For a full match report, including player ratings an interview with new boy Berquez and manager David Batch, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.