DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 2 Waltham Abbey 1
by Pat Arbon
at The MEL
AFC Sudbury made it back-to-back home wins on Saturday thanks to two second-half goals.
Although the visitors got a late goal back, the home side ran out worthy winners to complete their fourth league double of the season.
Ryan Henshaw was back in central defence following his two-match suspension and there was also a return for Ollie Hughes from a hand injury.
Skipper Sam Clarke was rested, so Michael Shinn took over the captain’s armband.
The first half was a lacklustre affair with little goalmouth action, although for the home side both Shinn and Payton Swatman hit the crossbar as Sudbury dominated possession.
The visitors also went close, but were denied by a goalline clearance.
It was a different story after the break with the home side pressing and two well-worked goals in quick succession put them in charge.
The first came after 51 minutes when Jamie Forshaw’s low cross from the right was swept home by Ben Thompson, who had started the move.
They doubled their lead in the 66th minute when a left-wing corner was cleared only as far as Scott Kemp and the 18-year-old, who had only been on for five minutes having replaced Hughes, volleyed home a spectacular finish from the edge of the area for his first senior goal.
Little had been seen of Waltham Abbey as an attacking force, but on 79 minutes Matt Attard headed home a free-kick from the right to reduce the arrears.
Abbey pressed for the equaliser, but the home side held on for a deserved victory.
AFC Sudbury: Archer, Swatman, Wilkinson (Cawley 77), Shinn, Henshaw, Mitchell, Akintunde, Horne, Thompson, Forshaw (Crisell 90+1), Hughes (S Kemp 61).
Free Press man of the match: Jamie Forshaw.