Battling victory sees AFC near play-offs

MATCH REPORT: AFC Sudbury 3 Redbridge 0

A GRITTY performance from AFC Sudbury against 10-man Redbridge saw them move to within a point of a coveted play-off place.

Tuesday night’s win, courtesy of a Dave Wareham strike and a brace from James Baker, the second from the penalty spot, kept AFC in the promotion hunt.

An unchanged side from the weekend helped Nicky Smith’s side record the double over the Londoners.

Baker threatened early on with a drive which just rose over the bar before the striker set up Dave Wareham, whose close-range strike looked certain to find the net, but was somehow beaten out by Elliott Justham in the Redbridge goal.

After another fabulous save, this time from Baker, Dave Wareham made no mistake second time around after crashing the rebound in off the underside of the bar with 32 minutes played.

A good spell of Redbridge pressure then ended with former Swansea and Colchester United winger Kevin Mcleod rattling the crossbar, with the visitors lucky not to have Sean Crossley sent off as he appeared to tug Baker back when through on goal, the referee waving play on.

Daniel Emmanuel then wasted a guilt-edged opportunity, putting his shot wide of the far post after his pace took him one-on-one with Justham.

In the second half, AFC seemed to have stalled as the Motormen began moving up through the gears.

But their chances of establishing themselves back in the match were dealt a hefty blow after Jonathan Glowacki was dismissed for diving into a tackle with Taylor Sinfield on 57 minutes.

Despite this, the visitors continued to dictacte play, with the tricky Mcleod at the forefront, though goalkeeper Nicky Eyre was equal to everything he had to offer.

Baker then put the game beyond the visitors’ reach with two goals inside four minutes to seal the points.

With eight minutes left, Josh Turner cut the ball back to Baker at the near post and the striker took a touch before rifling into the bottom corner. Then, he sent Justham the wrong way from the penalty spot for his 16th league goal of the season after Sam Clarke had been barged off the ball.

AFC Sudbury: Eyre, Sinfield, Fox, Shinn, S Wareham, Wignall, Emmanuel, S Clarke (c), Baker (Whittaker 88), Henshaw, D Wareham (Turner 74)

Unused subs: Swain, Smith, Devaux

Att: 196

Free Press man of the match: Taylor Sinfield. Relishing centre-back role and close to being on the scoresheet with two headers.