DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 2
by Pat Arbon
at Oakside Stadium
AFC Sudbury’s fine away form continued in the wind and rain at Redbridge, with a goal in each half seeing them to a comfortable win on Saturday.
Available again defender Jack Wilkinson returned at the expense of Lee Flynn, who dropped to the bench in one AFC change.
Sudbury had a strong wind at their backs in the first half and attacked from the off with Ryan Henshaw heading over.
With less than three minutes on the clock, the Suffolk side had the first of three penalty appeals turned down when Kris Newby appeared to be pulled back in the box.
Little was seen of Redbridge as an attacking force throughout the game, but they did create a rare chance after six minutes when Chinedu McKenzie broke clear, but he dragged his effort wide.
The hosts survived a goalmouth scramble, but from the resulting long throw from Wilkinson, Henshaw looped a header beyond Mark Parker for 1-0 after 23 minutes.
It could have been more by half-time, with Sudbury continuing to pile on the pressure amid heavy rain in the second period.
Midway through the half, Newby broke into the Redbridge box only go down under pressure with penalty appeals again falling on deaf ears.
Keeper Parker continued to keep his side in the game, but twice he was beaten — only to be saved by goal-line clearances.
The pressure finally paid off with nine minutes remaining when skipper Sam Clarke rifled home a loose ball from 22 yards.
Even then, the assistant raised his flag, apparently for Sudbury players being in an offside position.
However, after consultation, the referee allowed the goal to stand to seal another away win that saw AFC move up to sixth place in the league.
AFC Sudbury: Garnham, Robinson, Wilkinson, Davidson (Flynn 87) Henshaw, Pope, Newby (Blackwell 89), Clarke, Baker (Rymer 84), Kemp, Berquez. Unused subs: Yiga & Coley.