DIVISION ONE NORTH
Maldon & Tiptree 0
AFC Sudbury 2
League leaders AFC Sudbury kept up their fine away form with a 10th consecutive away league win thanks to a goal in each half without reply at in-form Maldon on Tuesday.
The victory means Jamie Godbold’s side remain 10 points clear of Harlow Town, who also won on the night but have two matches in hand.
The Essex hosts went into the game unbeaten in their previous six matches and had beaten Sudbury by the same score in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
For the third game running Sudbury boss Goldbold fielded an unchanged side and they were well worth their win from a match of few clear cut chances.
Maldon enjoyed plenty of play early on but they got little change out of a hard working Sudbury defence and it looked as if the first half was going to end goalless.
But, in stoppage time, a spell of pressure resulted in Sudbury winning a free kick just outside the Maldon penalty box in a central position.
The kick was straight out of the training manual, with Craig Parker jumping over the ball and, defender Jack Wilkinson following up, fired a left foot shot through the defensive wall into the net to give his side the lead at the break with his first goal since returning to the club.
The second half followed a similar pattern with defences having the upper hand.
Sudbury doubled their lead on 68 minutes following a good advantage by referee Neil West.
James Baker, leading the Sudbury attack for the third consecutive game, broke goalwards but was fouled by Billy Roast.
An advantage was played as the ball broke to George Clarke, who beat the advancing keeper with a good finish to double Sudbury’s lead.
Maldon tried hard to get back into the game, but Sudbury the defence continued to have the upper hand it was not until stoppage time that Marcus Garnham, in the Sudbury goal, was tested when he smothered a Sam Newson effort and tipped over a shot from Tarryn Allarakhia to keep a welcome clean sheet.
AFC Sudbury: Garnham, Robinson, Wilkinson, Newman (Berquez 46), Henshaw, Mallardo, Blackwell (Wales 78), S Clarke (Maybanks 65), Baker, Parker, G Clarke.
Unused subs: Clements, Bailey.
SFP MoM: Numerous contenders from a good all round team performance ,but the award goes to Ryan Henshaw, who was a rock in central defence.
Yellow cards: Stefano Mallard (tackle) & Joe Maybanks (dissent).
n AFC Gold winners week 41: 1 £100 208 Mrs S Yarrow, Golding Way, Glemsford; 2 £10 239 Mrs M Turner Dovedale Close, Badwell Ash; 3 £10 313 J Blackwell, AFC Sudbury.
Week 40: 1 £100 327 J Wilkinson AFC Sudbury; 2 £10 127 P Scott, Constitution Hill, Sudbury; 3 £10 211 Mrs J Simpson, Gaol Lane, Sudbury.