Sudbury lose top spot after a draw

PETER Scott takes a look back on an eventful week at AFC Sudbury

I hope that, at the end of this season, we do not look back on Saturday's game with regret at the dropped points and the host of missed chances.

The game was in doubt following the heavy rain but the hard work put in the previous week enabled the pitch to drain reasonably well and, following an early inspection on Saturday, the match referee confirmed the game could proceed.

There were a couple of areas that had surface water and, needless to say, the pitch did cut up badly but, despite this, one of our best gates of the season were well entertained.

We also saw one of the best goals so far this season when Matty Clements picked up a pass from Gareth Simpson who was making his home debut, brushed aside two tackles and smashed home an unstoppable drive to give us the lead.

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The first half saw few opportunities whereas the second period, which we dominated, saw several chances come and go as we missed the finishing of Jamie Rowe who was out injured. Also missing was Stuart Boardley with a one match ban.

Great Wakering's equaliser came courtesy of an error by Paul Smith as a result of which he lost possession and they capitalised on this to pinch a point, as a result of which we dropped down to second with Dartford taking over the top spot.

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Match sponsors, ILS Logistics, made Shane Wardley Man of the Match but mine was Matty Clements and not just for his goal.

On Saturday we travel to Witham seeking to get back onto winning ways with former high-flyers Canvey Island visiting us on Tuesday the 22nd.

It looked as if Luke Hammond would be going on loan to Cambridge City for a month but this has now fallen through, he was included in the squad on Saturday and has now confirmed he wants to stay with us.

Hopefully we will now see Luke performing for us in the way he did last season.

Our Reserves are at home to Braintree on Saturday with their postponed Suffolk Senior Cup tie at Haverhill Rovers now taking place on January 26, KO 1.30 pm.

Our Under 12s are looking for new players who need to be in school year 8.

Please contact Scott Payne on 07852 933639 or Ben Davies on 07971 975113.

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