Three late goals add to AFC’s woes in league

INJURY BLOW: Leon Antoine, pictured against Potters Bar Town, felt his hamstring go after scoring against Aveley
INJURY BLOW: Leon Antoine, pictured against Potters Bar Town, felt his hamstring go after scoring against Aveley
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Aveley 4 AFC Sudbury 1


Aveley 4 AFC Sudbury 1

AFC Sudbury’s poor league form continued on Monday when Aveley scored three goals in the final 10 minutes to extend their winning run to six games.

It did not look good for Chris Tracey’s side when the Essex side took an eighth minute lead.

But AFC were on terms within four minutes, and although they were on the back foot for long periods, they looked as if they might hold on for a point until the hosts clinched victory late on.

Tracey was forced to make three changes with both James Smith and Danny Green unavailable and wide-man Dave Cowley injured, although he was named among the substitutes.

Their absence meant Bradley Thompson returned from his one-match ban and Jacob Brown and Stuart Fergus were given starts in a reshuffled line-up.

Fog had affected the area for most of the day but at kick-off it had lifted enough for the game to start and Aveley were soon piling on the pressure.

After a home corner had been cleared, the hosts opened the scoring when a cross from the left found Paul Burnett unmarked and looking suspiciously offside. But he fired home and the goal was allowed to stand.

AFC went on to enjoy their best spell, forcing two corners in quick succession and from the second Leon Antoine equalised with a glancing header.

But AFC’s cause was not helped when Antoine limped off with a leg injury midway through the half to be replaced by Danny Charge.

There were no further goals before the break. The hosts had done most of the pressing but failed to hit the target several times and when they did they found keeper Fred Howe in good form.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Aveley keeping the AFC defence busy and Howe made a great diving save on the hour to deny Jordan Cox.

But the home pressure paid off in the final 10 minutes when three goals were scored.

Substitute Petrit Elbi fired Aveley into the lead when a shot came back off a post and he hammered home the rebound.

Two minutes later Shane Oakley, also off the bench, broke through to make it 3-1 and in the final minute Elbi scored his second to seal a comfortable win for the home side.

AFC Sudbury: Howe, Dalby, Martin, Shinn, Shipton (Webb 82), Thomas (Sinfield 88), Brown, Pond, Antoine (Charge 28), Boylan, Fergus, Unused sub: Cowley.

Free Press man of the match: Nobody really shone but Fred Howe made several fine saves.

AFC bookings: Bradley Thomas (foul).

Attendance: 91