No Points As Visitors Take Spoils
AFC lost this game against a side that were extremely quick, direct and showed the home side just how to be clinical in front of goal.
The game was proceeded by both teams and all the spectators who were present including the family of club stalwart Pat Arbon who sadly passed away earlier in the week standing and giving him a thunderous minutes applause in his honour.
The game saw AFC give a debut to central defender Ian Miller and also the return to the side of Jake Clowsley who had been out with a calf injury. The visitors for their part had two ex-AFC men in their ranks in Ayrton Coley and Ryan Hervel.
The chill in the air did not stop Haringey who poured forward and had the ball in the net early on but it was ruled offside. The AFC defence failed to learn and from a similar move Christopher Benjamin slotted home from close range.
Max Booth for AFC did well on the right but there was no end product. Ralstan Gabriel broke away and his electric pace took him passed the home defenders but he shot wide. Harrison Georgiou then fired in a shot that Paul Walker in the AFC goal saved well and the Sudbury man did well to punch away a Hervel corner.
Haringey continued to attack and Georgiou had a header that struck the post and the fired over. AFC countered and Clowsley got in a cross but there was none on the end of it, then Reece Dobson had a shot that clipped the Borough crossbar. Billy Holland just prior to the break had an effort but again it failed to trouble Ashley Harris in the visitor’s goal.
The second half continued in a similar pattern with Londoners on the front foot and AFC picking up the scraps. Sudbury made a couple of changes with Jamie Eaton-Collins and Mekhi McKenzie coming on to try and bolster a rather lack lustre forward line.
Benjamin got his second of the game just after the hour mark as he collected the ball in the AFC box and somehow evaded the scrambling Walker and then two defenders before but the ball over the line.
Sam Mills made a great run down the right got the ball to McKenzie and his great cross unfortunately failed to find any AFC men in the box.
Milo Grimes took over from the tiring Clowsley and with eight minutes left charged into the Haringey penalty area. There he was pushed in the back by Lauran Luke and referee Gray pointed to the spot. The visitors were not happy at the decision but eventually Joe Whight stepped up and scored his first goal for the club.
Unfortunately there was grandstand finish from AFC as they slumped to a defeat.
The day will be remember more for the tribute at the start of the game rather than the team’s performance.