ROBERT DYAS ISTHMIAN LEAGUE CUP FOURTH ROUND: AFC Sudbury 2 Leiston 2 (AFC won 3-1 on penalties)
Three penalty saves by home goalkeeper Alex Archer saw AFC Sudbury through to the quarter-finals of the Robert Dyas League Cup on Tuesday.
Both teams made numerous changes with the home side without suspended skipper Sam Clarke, with Ross Watson taking over the armband.
AFC got off to a great start when Scott Mitchell fired them into a fourth-minute lead.
Ryman Premier outfit Leiston got back on terms after 26 minutes when Mark Ray tapped home from a right-wing cross.
AFC squandered two good chances before they regained the lead in first-half stoppage time when Ryan Henshaw flicked on Steve Spriggs’ corner to Ollie Hughes and he finished clinically to give the hosts the lead at the break.
There was end-to-end play in the second half, but the only goal came after 65 minutes when Ray equalised for Leiston with his second of the game.
Both sides went close to forcing a winner, but the match went to a penalty shootout in which keeper Archer became AFC’s hero by saving three of Leiston’s four kicks.
Although the first of AFC’s was kept out, James Baker, Scott Mitchell and Steve Spriggs netted to book the hosts a place in the last eight.
AFC: Archer, Watson, Cawley, Swatman, Henshaw, MITCHELL, S Spriggs, Hughes, Thompson (Crisell 90+3), R Spriggs, Cowley (Baker 76). Unused subs: Swallow, Austin.
AFC yellow cards: Henshaw, Mitchell, Baker (fouls). Att: 114.
* Goalkeeper Dan Heath has joined former AFC player Angelo Harrop’s Stanway Rovers on a one-month loan in his bid to regain fitness after a three-month spell on the sidelines.
* The week 31 winners in the AFC Gold fund-raiser are: £100 M Daniels, AFC Sudbury (319); £10 K Fairbrother. Bradford Drive. Colchester (244); £10 L Crofton, Essex Ave, Sudbury (290).