Adam Tann earns AFC Sudbury vital victory against Worthing in Ryman Premier

Adam Tann (right) scored the winner for Sudbury last night

Adam Tann (right) scored the winner for Sudbury last night - Credit: Archant

Adam Tann’s first-half header gave AFC Sudbury a much-needed three points over Worthing on Tuesday night, in the Ryman Premier.

The experienced former Leyton Orient defender, scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute to ease Sudbury’s relegation fears.

The hosts started this game well, with Saturday’s goalscorer, James Baker, firing just wide from nearly 25 yards.

Worthing dangerman Louis Clark then sent a similar attempt just wide for the visitors minutes later, before the Yellows scored their solitary goal.

A neat short corner routine saw Rob Eagle curl dangerously into the box and there was the defender to head home.

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Former Lowestoft Town man Danny Crow almost made it 2-0 with a thumping effort from 20 yards five minutes later, before Gary Elphick was indebted to his goalkeeper after he nearly turned Sudbury’s Liam Wales’ cross into his own net.

Second-top goalscorers in the league, Worthing threatened offensively all evening and Sudbury were thankful to Marcus Garnham just before half-time as he saved well from Harvey Sparks, Brannon O’Neill, and Clark.

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Clark should have squared earlier in a three-on-one situation in the 52nd minute as the end-to-end encounter continued.

New AFC signing Kieran Monlouis, a former Maldon & Tiptree player, was involved in a near miss for Wales after 69 minutes, with the winger heading Baker’s cross just wide.

Worthing’s Lloyd Dawes saw a 73rd-minute goal ruled out for offside, before Aidan Austin almost scored a controversial second with goalkeeper Joe Taylor laying injured on the edge of the area.

Sudbury youngster Joe Wright, on as a 67th-minute substitute for skipper Sam Clarke, almost rounded off the important win with a 90th-minute goal, but his effort hit the side netting.

Leiston’s home game against Harrow Borough last night was postponed. The Blues travel to the same opposition on Saturday.

Sudbury: Garnham, French, Austin, Henshaw, Tann, Monlouis, Clarke (c) (Wright, 67), Wales, Crow (Allen, 73), Eagle (Carroll, 90), Baker. Subs: Allen, Godbold.

Worthing: Taylor, Boiling, Rents, Elphick, Heath, Wills, O’Neill, Dawes, Sparks, Clark, Hopkinson (Edwards, 66). Subs: Belward, Brodie, Williamson.

Referee: Darin Geary.

Attendance: 153.

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