AFC SudburyMatch Report
Away | League
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 | Attendance 115
Great Wakering Rovers 1 - 3 AFC Sudbury
|7||Robbie Martin||Off 80|
|10||Jon Docker||Off 78|
|11||Dave Wareham||Off 89|
|12||Ryan Henshaw||On 89|
|14||Daniel Emmanuel||On 78|
|15||David Lorimer||On 80|
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AFC manager Chris Tracey had to make a couple of changes for this game. Central defender Steve Adams was out having sustained a facial injury in Saturday’s game, and Richard Howell was absent having just become a father for the first time.
New signing Jon Docker was given his debut in midfield and the returning from suspension Jemel Fox slotted in beside Nathan Clarke in the middle of the defence.
Docker was twice in action early on with a ball to Sam Clarke, returning to his old club, he was just unable to get to it, and then a superb reverse ball to James Baker who should have scored but he shot wide.
AFC were showing some nice touches and playing passing football in the first quarter of hour, but did not trouble the opposition’s goalkeeper. Wakering nearly caught the AFC defence napping, taking a free kick quickly and it saw Johnson shoot only just wide of Danny Gay’s goal.
It seemed that AFC had taken the lead after twenty-seven minutes when a great Michael Shinn free kick from just outside the penalty area looked goal bound, but the ball thundered back off the junction of crossbar and post and was cleared for a corner. From it the ball was crossed and Baker headed over.
On the half-hour mark Docker showed a couple of nice touches, getting the ball to Shinn who fired over the bar. Wakering countered and Adam Dalby playing at right back and having a strong game blocked an effort from Carlile.
There was then a scrappy period before on forty-three minutes the first and only booking of the game came when, Pinto clattered in to Sam Clarke.
Half-Time Great Wakering Rover 0 AFC Sudbury 0
AFC started the second period brightly and Docker put in a fierce shot after a good passing movement, it was well saved by the home keeper. Robbie Martin then won a corner on the right and Dave Wareham crossed for Adalberto Pinto headed home for an own goal and the lead for AFC.
Docker continued to shine and was looking dangerous in and around the box and it was he who started the move that lead to AFC’s second goal on fifty-five minutes. He fed Wareham who crossed accurately to James Baker to slot home from close range. It was his seventh goal of the season.
The striker was then guilty of a horrendous miss when clear, the ball going high into the trees behind the Wakering goal. He blamed a bobble!!
AFC were well on top, but conceded just before the hour mark when a looping header from Morgan flew into the top corner despite Danny Gay flinging himself full length to his left hand side. Wakering made a couple of substitutions before AFC restored their two-goal lead on sixty-two minutes. A Shinn corner was not cleared properly, the ball falling to Sam
Clarke on the edge of the box and he struck it home with it going in off the post with Godwin-Green’s dive just missing the ball.
Dave Wareham had a great effort saved when he shot from outside the box and then Martin chipped just over the bar. Rovers made their last change, before AFC made their first with Danny Emmanuel taking over from Docker with twelve minutes left. Two minutes later David Lorimer replaced Martin and as time ran out Ryan Henshaw replaced Wareham.
AFC saw the game out, it was three points and a second successive victory to lift the side another place up the table. With the game now coming thick and fact AFC need to maintain this sort of form.