Kris Newby brace earns AFC Sudbury a great win at Maidstone
Maidstone United 0 AFC Sudbury 2
A sweet brace from Kris Newby secured a shock victory for AFC Sudbury at Ryman Premier promotion hopefuls Maidstone United, in the second round of the FA Trophy this afternoon.
Newby came up with the crucial opening goal in the 19th minute, flicking home Correy Davidson’s cross, the ball rolling inside the far post with keeper Lee Worgan well beaten.
And Newby was to add a second in the last minute of normal time, to seal a marvelous win.
The Kent side’s cause was made doubly difficult by a straight red card for their striker, Jay May, on 25 minutes.
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May’s dismissal left the Stones having to play the final 65 minutes with just 10 men, and it also ensured that tempers remained frayed throughout the afternoon – there were also six yellow cards during the game.
Stones’ manager, Jay Saunders, had also been ordered to leave his dug-out, by referee James Whittaker, in the aftermath of May’s red card.
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Maidstone came close to an equaliser at the start of the second half, when Alex Akrofi’s swerving long-range shot rebounded off the far post.
But AFC Sudbury defended manfully as the game wore on, to eventually record a deserved victory.
And they could have added to their lead late on, with substitutes Terry Rymer and Jack Guyton both peppering the target.
The Stones nearly snatched a draw, and a replay, with four minutes remaining, but Garnham hurled himself to his right to divert Matt Bodkin’s free-kick around his post.
But Newby ensured there would be no escape act for the Stones, with Newby drilling home a wonderful 20-yarder in the 89th minute to ensure a 2-0 victory.
See Monday’s East Anglian Daily Times newspaper for a full match report and pictures
MAIDSTONE: Worgan, Davies (sub Mills, 57), Starkey, Coyle, Miles, Brown (sub Robertson, 79), Greenhalgh, Parkinson, May, Akrofi, Jordan (sub Bodkin, 66). Unused subs: Sutherland, Godman.
AFC SUDBURY: Garnham, Robinson, Wilkinson, Davidson (sub Flynn, 64), Henshaw, Pope, Newby, Clarke, Baker (sub Rymer, 68), Kemp (sub Guyton, 77), Berquez. Unused subs: Yiga, Coley.
Referee: J Whittaker