Sudbury fined over discipline record

The MEL Group Stadium.'Football action from match between AFC Sudbury and Romford.''Pictured; Daniel Swain.
The MEL Group Stadium.'Football action from match between AFC Sudbury and Romford.''Pictured; Daniel Swain.

THE Football Association have hit AFC Sudbury with a £250 fine for unacceptable discipline last season.

Following a number of red cards, which cost Sudbury on the pitch as they went agonisingly close to a play-off place on their return to the Ryman League, the club were summoned to Wembley this week.

AFC, who had to pay £75 costs on top of the fine, with £125 of it suspended for one season, explained at the hearing that procedures have now been put in place to improve their record.

Manager Nicky Smith, an Essex police officer, set his marker down last season by releasing Lee Townrow after the player got a straight red for stamping on a player against Waltham Abbey.

Smith was unavailable for comment this week, but told the club website he felt his club had been dealt with “justly”.

AFC’s new signings Richard Howell and Chris Sullivan are set for their first taste of action for the Yellows when Sudbury begin their pre-season campaign at Long Melford’s Stoneylands on Tuesday (7.45pm).

With drainage works making the King’s Marsh pitch unavailable to host friendlies, AFC travel to Witham Town on July 16, Halstead Town on July 29 and then have trips in August to FC Clacton, Bury Town, Felixstowe & Walton United and ending at Lowestoft on August 13.

AFC Sudbury have announced turnstile prices will increase by £1 to £8 for adults and £5 for concessions. An adult season ticket for 2011/12 will cost £120 and a concessions will be £80, while seeing a reserves match will cost £3.

Children under the age of 14 will still be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Chief executive Mark Pearman said: “The increases made are purely inflationary and we will continue to try and offer the best value for money to our supporters at this level of non-League football”.