DIVISION ONE NORTH
Great Wakering Rovers 1
AFC Sudbury 3
by Pat Arbon at the
Burroughs Park Ground
FOR the first time this season, AFC gained back-to-back league victories with a well-deserved win on Tuesday and in the process moved up the table one place by leapfrogging their opponents, albeit on goal difference.
Manager Chris Tracey was forced to make changes due to an injury to defender Steve Adams and the unavailability of midfielder Richard Howell.
Having served his 52-day suspension, Jemel Fox came into the defence and there was a debut for new signing from Harlow Town, Jon Docker.
The 24-year-old midfielder was involved from the start, setting up James Baker inside two minutes, but the striker failed to hit the target with just the keeper to beat.
This was the story of a goalless first half with AFC enjoying plenty of the play but lacking penetration in front of goal, although Michael Shinn can count himself unlucky with a direct free-kick that hit the angle of post and bar.
AFC were quickly out of the blocks after the break with Docker forcing the home keeper into two top-class saves. The second resulted in a right-wing corner and from it Wakering’s Adalberto Pinto, under pressure, headed into his own net to give AFC a 49th-minute lead.
Six minutes later, AFC doubled their advantage from a fine move started by Docker. He found Dave Wareham, whose cross was hammered home by Baker from close range.
Two minutes later, Baker was guilty of firing over from six yards and play went to the other end where Dave Morgan reduced the deficit when he scored with a looping header.
It did not take long for AFC to restore their two-goal advantage. It came in the 62nd minute with a fine strike from skipper Sam Clarke, who has a habit of scoring against his former club, having also done so last season. From then on, AFC dominated play with fine possession football to run out worthy winners from an entertaining encounter.
AFC Sudbury: Gay, Dalby, Sloots, Shinn, Fox, N Clarke, Martin (Lorimer 86), S Clarke, Baker, Docker (Emmanuel 78), Wareham (Henshaw 89). Unused sub: Wignall. Attendance: 115.
l WEEK 26 winners in the AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 Mrs B Iddiols (245), Constable Road, Sudbury; £10 Mrs D Farnell (430), Hanover Court, Sudbury; £10 C Hauth (190), Second Avenue, Sudbury.