Mitchell earns AFC another point on the road

NEW SIGNING: Ollie Hughes, in action for Walsham-le-Willows, made his AFC debut in Saturday's 0-0 draw but was unavailable on Tuesday
NEW SIGNING: Ollie Hughes, in action for Walsham-le-Willows, made his AFC debut in Saturday's 0-0 draw but was unavailable on Tuesday
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RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

Tilbury 1 AFC Sudbury 1

AFC Sudbury came from behind on Tuesday to earn a share of the spoils thanks to Scott Mitchell equalising with 20 minutes remaining.

Once on level terms they dominated proceedings, but were unable to turn pressure into a winning goal.

AFC manager David Batch made two changes, both in defence, with Greg Crane and Ryan Henshaw returning from suspension to replace Ben Lewis, who dropped to the bench, and Josh Carus, who was unavailable.

If ever there was a game of two differing halves, then this was it.

The first period was a dull goalless affair with both sides cancelling each other out.

This resulted in very little goalmouth action and neither keeper was seriously tested, although Alex Archer was called into action once to block a Sam Cutler effort.

It was a different story after the break with Sudbury looking much more dangerous going forward.

The deadlock was broken nine minutes after the restart when Tilbury took the lead from their first serious attack.

The goal came from a counter-attack down the right when Joe Christou’s pass found Rimmel Daniel in space to net from close range.

Sudbury were soon back on the attack and Ben Thompson went close before the equalising goal came with 20 minutes remaining when, from a left wing move, Thompson found Mitchell and he sidefooted home to level the scores.

From then on it was virtually one-way traffic on the Tilbury goal, with Mitchell going close again.

At the other end, Archer blocked an effort from Danny Francis, but it was a rare Tilbury attack as Sudbury went all out for the winner with Steve Spriggs and substitute Payton Swatman causing problems down the flanks.

Sudbury skipper Sam Clarke headed over and, in stoppage time, he was denied by home keeper Chico Ramos, who earned his side a point with a fine diving save.

AFC: Archer, Watson, Mitchell, Shinn, Crane, Henshaw, Spriggs, Clarke, Thompson, Daniels, Cowley (Swatman 69). Unused subs: N’Cho, Cawley, Baker, Lewis.

Free Press man of the match: Scott Mitchell did well in defence and looked dangerous went he went forward.

AFC bookings: Michael Shinn (foul) and Ross Watson (foul).

Attendance: 54.