AFC SudburyMatch Report
Away | League
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 | Attendance 402
Enfield Town 3 - 3 AFC Sudbury
|3||Ashley Sloots||Off 45|
|7||Daniel Emmanuel||Off 90 +1||1|
|12||Ryan Henshaw||On 46 Off 79|
|14||Jon Docker||On 79|
|16||Dave Wareham||On 90 + 1|
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AFC went into this game parading two new signings and in the end both started the match. Russell Pond recruited from Heybridge Swifts slotted into central midfield and Jamie Griffiths whose last club was Ipswich Town started on the left side, although he was originally destined for the bench. The change came ten minutes before kick of when Danny Charge felt a reoccurrence of a foot injury he picked up in midweek. Absent from central defence was James Smith who was laid low with a stomach virus, he was to be missed.
The game got off to a very lively start with three goals in the first eight minutes, AFC romped into a two goal lead before the home side pulled one back. In the fourth minute Griffiths won a corner on the left and Michael Shinn with added responsibility of a number ten on his back crossed and there was leading scorer James Baker to run in and head home.
On seven minutes Griffiths showing some very neat touches got the ball in from the left and in came Nathan Clarke to head the ball into the goal with a stooping header. The home crowd were stunned while the travelling fans were duly delighted.
A minute later Enfield pulled a goal back a great run down the right and the ball was crossed into the box an Ewang was there to skillfully fire passed Danny Gay in the AFC goal.
The game then settled down, but both sides were playing some neat football with chances at both ends of the pitch. Kirby headed wide for the home side and Robbie Martin playing at right back got in a good cross that found the head of Sam Clarke, but he could not get enough power on it to beat Imber again. Baker then had another header from another Martin cross.
Griffiths was showing up well on the left hand side, and with Danny Emmanuel on the other flank AFC were not overshadowed by their higher positioned opponents.
There was a let off for AFC on the half-hour mark when from a corner Hope headed just wide, and then Danny Gay did well coming out to save at the feet of Campbell after Nathan Clarke had allowed him in.
AFC continued to have chances and Shinn took a pass after Griffiths and Emmanuel had combined, but it went high over the bar after a deflection.
The end of the half saw Town press more and just before the break they got the equalising goal. Nathan Clarke was adjudged to have pushed an Enfield man in the back some twenty-eight yards out. From the free-kick Siva stepped up to fire over the wall and into the top corner giving Gay no chance.
Half time; Enfield Town 2 AFC Sudbury 2
A change was made at the break with Ashley Sloots having picked up a thigh injury Ryan Henshaw replaced him at the restart. It meant Robbie Martin going to left back and Henshaw taking over on the right.
Second placed Enfield went in front on fifty-four minutes. Following a free kick it was partially cleared but then put back into the Sudbury box and Wallace scored from close range. Gay had to alert from a corner when Kirby headed goalwards.
Sudbury had a couple of chances just passed the hour mark with Griffiths and Emmanuel providing them. Enfield took off Pennant and Edwards came on. From an Enfield corner Henshaw did well to clear a goal bound effort with a powerful header.
With eleven minutes left Henshaw was replaced in a tactical switch that saw Jon Docker come on and Pond move to the right back position, AFC’s, third of the day! It was change that proved successful. Enfield also made a change with Campbell being substituted by Matata.
Docker on the left got in cross that earned a corner, then Dalby put the ball in and Baker volleyed it fiercely. It looked a goal all the way but somehow Imber in the Enfield goal tipped it over for a corner.
With time running out and the clock showing nearly ninety minutes the Suffolk side drew level. Docker slid in a great ball from the left and there was Danny Emmanuel to get it over the line much to the delight of the Sudbury supporters and dismay of the home ones. It was no more than AFC deserved.
There was then four minutes of stoppage time, with Dave Wareham taking over from Emmanuel who had twisted his ankle scoring the goal. The time was played out and a well-deserved point earned by AFC. The only booking of the game came after the final whistle when Enfield’s Hall said too much to the referee and went into the book.
It was a good and deserved point for AFC and with other results going their way meant a rise of one place into the play-off places and fifth spot. The aim now to remain there.