Missed chances leads to anxious replay

There was plenty happening at King's Marsh Stadium on Saturday, both on and off the pitch.Our Supporters Club made a presentation of a set of goals to our Under 9 & 10's who then stayed on to be Matchday ball boys.

There was plenty happening at King's Marsh Stadium on Saturday, both on and off the pitch.

Our Supporters Club made a presentation of a set of goals to our Under 9 & 10's who then stayed on to be Matchday ball boys. Sudbury First Responders Association were presented with a donation after giving first aid training to our youths and ladies and the youths were presented with new rain jackets. Matchday sponsors, The MEL Group, were hosts to a group from their new Serbian factory, the children of the late Aaron Gardiner were the club's mascots for the day and one of the club's favourite sons, Michael Cheetham, popped along to take in the game.

On the field our biggest game of the season attracted a gate of 410 with King's Lynn bringing a few who were strangely quiet throughout the game. Included in our team was new signing Paul Smith who played one game for us last season in the FA Cup and whose experience will be valuable. We played well and, if we did not win the replay on Tuesday, we will regret missing a handful of chances as our visitors were made to look pretty ordinary. Chris Bacon missed two golden opportunities and David Head had his well taken penalty saved by their keeper who also made three other very good saves. Lynn were reduced to ten men when former Norwich City skipper, Craig Fleming, received two bookings with 20 minutes to go but, as so often happens, it was only during this spell that they produced any threat during which they hit the post. With a bit more belief we could and should have progressed into the next round where the winners will be at home to Billericay.

On Saturday the much improved Wingate & Finchley who impressed me last season are our visitors.


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Our Reserves continued to struggle going down 3 - 1 at Witham and will be looking for a change of fortune when they travel to Wivenhoe Town on Saturday.

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