Sudbury miss out on their second chance to progress

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AFC Sudbury slipped to a 1-0 defeat in their FA Trophy third qualifying round replay with Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday evening.

The Yellows earned this second bite of the cherry after sharing two goals in a closely-fought game in Kent on Saturday.

They had the better of the opening half of Tuesday’s replay, which remained goalless, and the visitors upped their game after the break and scored the only goal to progress to the first round proper and a home tie against St Albans City.

Sudbury made just one change from the side that started in the first game, with Payton Swatman starting at the expense of Jack Crawley who dropped the bench.

There were four changes for the visitors including Lewis Carey taking over in goal from Clark Masters who was named amongst the substitutes.

A bitterly cold night and an England v Germany international match on terrestrial TV restricted the attendance to 191 and they saw defences dominate the early play.

But as the half wore on the home side put some good moves together and a chance fell to Sam Clarke whose low shot was saved by Masters.

Play went straight to the other end and Nathan Pinney broke through, but his goalbound chip was well saved by home keeper Alex Archer.

For Sudbury Ben Thompson broke through but Masters rushed out of his area to foul the striker just outside the box.

The keeper was yellow carded and did well to save Michael Shinn’s direct free kick.

After the break the Kent visitors dominated and their pressure eventually told on 57 minutes when a deep cross from the left fell to Ryan Watts who drove the ball home through a crowd of players for what proved to be the winning goal.

On the hour Sudbury’s goal-scoring hero of Saturday, James Baker came off the bench.

But this time he got very little service and the Kent visitors comfortably held out to progress to the next round.

AFC Sudbury: Archer, Watson, Mitchell,

Shinn, Crane, Henshaw, Swatman (Swallow 72), Clarke, Thompson, Daniels, Cowley (Baker 60). Unused subs: N’Cho, Cawley, Spriggs.

Sudbury man of the match: Ryan Henshaw.

Yellow cards: Sudbury: Ryan Henshaw & Sam Clarke (tackles)

Tonbridge Angels: Lewis Carey (tackle).

Attendance: 191