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AFC Sudbury
Harrow Borough
C Parker (39'), R Henshaw (86' Sent Off)
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Sat 18 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 263

Another Home Defeat

Harrowing Times

AFC went into this game, the first of two consecutive home fixtures, knowing that a victory was very much needed in their quest to remain a Ryman Premier League side.

Manager Jamie Godbold was unable to select Rob Eagle and Jack Wilkinson both injured, while Liam Wales was playing on dual registration for Thetford Town. Into the squad came new signing Sam Corcoran, a midfielder recently released by St Albans City, a player that started his career with Colchester United.

Injury again struck AFC as after naming the side Aidan Austin got injured in the pre-match warm and Tyler French took his place.

AFC Sudbury 1 Harrow Borough 3
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The game started with each side having early chances, AFC’s from Ryan Henshaw making his 300th appearance (or 301 if the Hendon game is counted), Harrow’s came from Charles-Smith who was lively all afternoon.

Marcus Garnham came to Sudbury’s rescue when he clawed away a shot from Charles-Smith conceding a corner. It was a first class save.

On ten minutes Sam Clarke was deemed to have gone in with his studs showing and was cautioned. It was a significant booking, being his fifteenth of the season and will mean a three-match ban for the AFC Captain.

AFC were unlucky not to take the lead when Sam Bantick (pictured) fired in a powerful shot that Williams in the visitor’s goal pushed away. Bantick then took a pass from Craig Parker but his shot went straight at the Harrow goalkeeper. The home side kept on the pressure and Clarke got up well to head a French cross but the ball went wide.

AFC were to rue their missed chances as from their own free kick the ball came back over the defence and Charles-Smith ran onto the ball and then ran onwards to score. Webb for the visitors had two efforts that fortunately came to nothing before AFC levelled.

A run down the right side by Joe Marsden took him beyond the Harrow defence before he crossed and there was Craig Parker to slot the ball home.

It seemed that the sides would go in level, but in stoppage time an uncharacteristic mistake by Garnham allowed Harrow to go back in front. A Lomas cross from the left came out of the goalkeeper’s hands and there was Driver to tap home from close range.

Half-Time; - AFC Sudbury 1 Harrow Borough 2

French was unable to continue having picked a problem with his quad muscle and Tevan Allen replaced him in the AFC defence.

Marsden had a free-kick effort that went straight at Williams before elven minutes after the restart Harrow went further in front. A quick break saw Driver outpace his defender and then his cross found Cumberbatch who fired home well.

The recently signed from Stowmarket Town, Ace Howell came on for AFC taking over from Kieran Monlouis. Marsden took a corner and it was cleared away from under the crossbar by Babalola.

Clarke headed wide from a Bantick corner before Driver went away for Harrow and Garnham blocked his first shot and then the Harrow man fired into the side netting.

Danny Crow came on with ten minutes left replacing Bantick and was soon in the action when in a crowded penalty area he had a couple of shots blocked. Harrow had an attack and while it went on Henshaw committed a foul, when played was stopped the referee went back and booked the Sudbury defender.

After Marsden had a shot blocked Harrow broke away and on the halfway line Henshaw blocked his man and as a result was given a second yellow card and thus a red. His sending off will probably result in a three or four-match ban due to his previous record this season.

Time ran out and it was another home defeat, it was certainly not the result wanted but there is still time to avoid a place in the bottom four, just!

Att 263


Key moments

Goal Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
Red Card Ryan Henshaw is sent off for AFC Sudbury

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AFC Sudbury 1 Harrow Borough 3
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86:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Ryan Henshaw is sent off for AFC Sudbury
85:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Henshaw is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
80:00 Sub On
Danny Crow is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
80:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
64:00 Sub Off
Kieran Monlouis is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
64:00 Sub On
Ace Howell is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
46:00 Sub On
Tevan Allen is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
46:00 Sub Off
Tyler French is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
45:00 Yellow Card
Adam Tann is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 1 - 0
Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
10:00 Yellow Card
Sam Clarke is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • AFC Sudbury
  • Harrow Borough
  • 0
  • Sam Clarke Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Craig Parker Goal 39:00'
  • Adam Tann Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Tevan Allen Sub On 46:00'
  • Tyler French Sub Off 46:00'
  • Kieran Monlouis Sub Off 64:00'
  • Ace Howell Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 80:00'
  • Danny Crow Sub On 80:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Red Card 86:00'

Team selection

Garnham, Marcus Garnham, Marcus
Marsden, Joe Marsden, Joe
French, Tyler French, Tyler
Henshaw, Ryan Henshaw, Ryan
Corcoran, Sam Corcoran, Sam
Henshaw, Ryan Henshaw, Ryan
Tann, Adam Tann, Adam
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Parker, Craig Parker, Craig
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Monlouis, Kieran Monlouis, Kieran
AFC Sudbury

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Hendon 46 54
19. Burgess Hill Town 46 54
20. Merstham 46 53
21. Harrow Borough 46 53
22. Canvey Island 46 52
23. AFC Sudbury 46 46
24. Grays Athletic 46 38

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