Darg goal makes AFC cup win safe


by Pat Arbon at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

Enfield Town 0

AFC Sudbury 2

A GOAL in each half without reply saw AFC progress to the last 16 of the Ryman League Cup in Monday’s match at Enfield.

This was the second meeting between the teams in 48 hours and the victory was some consolation for the home league defeat when the teams met on Saturday.

However, Enfield fielded almost a completely different side while Chris Tracey made three changes to the AFC starting 11.

AFC had the better of the early play but there was little goalmouth action until the deadlock was broken after 19 minutes by Jon Docker scoring his first goal for the club, hooking in from close range after Richard Howell had pulled back Dave Wareham’s deep cross.

Defences continued to have the upper hand and neither keeper was tested in a low-key first half.

It was much the same in the second period, although Neil Johnston squandered an equalising chance when he was one-on-one with keeper Danny Gay before AFC made the game safe with a second goal after 73 minutes when Rhys Darg powered home a header from Michael Shinn’s free-kick.

On the bench was Ben Tracey, who is the 16-year-old son of manager Chris Tracey and plays in goal for one of the youth teams and regularly warms up with the first team.

This was the first Ryman League match at Enfield’s new ground, which is an refurbished stadium with a running track which means with a small crowd there is very little atmosphere.

AFC Sudbury: Gay, Dalby, Wareham, Darg, Henshaw, S Clarke, Emmanuel, Shinn, Lorimer, Docker (Martin 83), Howell (Baker 52). Unused subs: Sloots, Wignall, B Tracey (gk).

Attendance: 152