Sudbury battle into the next qualifying round of the cup

STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Man-of-the-match Michael Shinn
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Man-of-the-match Michael Shinn
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Burnham Ramblers 1

AFC Sudbury 2

AFC Sudbury eased through to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with victory away at Burnahm Ramblers, courtesy of a goal in each half.

In truth, their Ryman League rivals should have been dead and buried in the first half as Sudbury totally dominated possession, forcing seven corners without reply, but only had one goal to show for their efforts.

There was good number of AFC supporters among the 119 crowd and they saw their team totally dominate the first half.

However, Ramblers defended stoutly until they were eventually broken four minutes before the break when a fine Sudbury move ended with James Baker flicking in from Sam Clarke’s pass.

It was a different story after the break with little between the teams and the hosts levelled after 62 minutes when Sudbury keeper Alex Archer could only parry a free-kick and the loose ball fell to Terry Griffiths, who fired home the equaliser.

However, just seven minutes later, Sudbury regained the lead when Dave Cowley did extremely well to beat his marker on the left and his cross into the box found Michael Shinn, who swept home what proved to be the winning goal from just inside the area.

Although there were no further goals, both sides went close with Burnham being denied two minutes from time by keeper Archer with a fine reflex save to keep out a snap shot from Billy Hunt.

An even better chance fell to AFC just before the final whistle when, from a quick counter-attack, substitute Michael Brothers broke away, but with the keeper off his line his chip fell on to the roof of the net.

AFC Sudbury: Archer, Lewis, (Watson 70) Carus, Shinn, Mitchell, Henshaw, Swatman (Forshaw 65), Clarke, Baker (Brothers 87), Daniels, Cowley

Free Press man of the match: Michael Shinn. There were numerous contenders, but once again the midfielder takes the honours. His overall play was superb and his winning goal was the icing on the cake.

n Meanwhile, there was less success for AFC Sudbury Reserves who were on the end of an embarrassing 10-0 home defeat to Fakenham Town.