AFC Sudbury 1 Tilbury 1: Yellows draw with Dockers in dour affair

PENALTY KING: Luke Ingram, pictured in his Bury Town days
PENALTY KING: Luke Ingram, pictured in his Bury Town days

A Luke Ingram penalty was pegged back by Ryan Blackman’s first half strike as AFC were unable to match Monday’s three points at Needham.

The club’s fourth game in eight days, their third at home, was played out in front of their lowest attendance of the season on Wednesday night, just 92 people.

Michael Shinn and Ian Brown named an unchanged line-up from the side who beat Suffolk rivals Needham Market two days previously, with Nathan Clarke, unable to play against his loan club, on the bench.

The first shot on goal on a bitterly cold night didn’t come until the 19th minute when AFC’s Alex Archer held a long-range effort.

Ten minutes later Dave Cowley sent a free-kick for the home side against the post before it was cleared.

After 31 minutes AFC Sudbury got their noses in front when Ingram broke through only to be pulled down in the penalty area.

The referee pointed to the spot and Ingram himself, who scored a penalty at Needham Market on Monday, slotted it in for his third goal since re-signing for the club before the Romford match on March 27.

The equaliser came seven minutes later though when AFC failed to take a number of chances to clear in their box and the ball fell kindly for Blackman to hammer home.

The second half saw clear-cut chances few and far between with AFC’s leading scorer Leon Antoine and defender Tom Cutts both glancing headers wide.

Free Press man of the match: Dave Cowley.

AFC bookings: Alex Archer (kicking ball away), Ryan Henshaw, Luke Ingram, Sam Clarke.