Promising display by the Jammers only gives them one point
After missing a number of goal scoring chances Maldon and Tiptree relied on a late penalty to earn a deserved point
AFC Sudbury v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik League One North Tuesday 3 October 2017
Still with an extensive injury list, Jammers bos Kevin Horlock, made just one change from Saturday's line up with Johnville Renee coming in for Kieran Bailey.
AFC Sudbury contributed the first dangerous moments when a long throw from the left caused panic in the visitors defence with the ball being desperately hacked away from the goal line before being fired back in but somehow the Jammers goal was not breached. From 15 minutes in the visitors gradually took over more and more of the play with Ryan Gondoh playing in Ryan Clampin for a shot that flew just wide of the far post then home keeper Paul Walker, pulled off a brave save to take the ball from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe's boot as the forward lunged to get on the end of Clampins low centre as it went across the goal area. The visitors Johnville Renee and Ogedi-Uzokwe then put together a good move down the left before the ball was played back to Harry Morgan but his clear shot from the penalty area edge flew over the bar. Sudbury tried to respond but their main outlet of long balls up to the rangy Louis Blake failed to pay off as he lacked any support to make use of balls headed on but he did manage to head a long cross ball but his effort went wide then the home sides David Cowley got a rare attack going when he made space to play in ex Jammer, Adam Mills, but he shot wide of the far post. Home keeper Walker then came to his sides rescue again when he just got his hands to Gondoh's shot from outside the penalty box, to put the ball round the post then Ogedi-Uzokwe got up well but headed the resultant corner just wide. Gondoh then went on another searching run into the home penalty area only to see his shot blocked for the ball to fall back to Renee but, from a good position, he shot over then another great run by Gondoh ended disappointingly with yet another effort over the bar. The visitors Clampin was the next to go close but, after Morgan had freed him down the left, he fired wide of the far post leaving the visitors frustrated that good midfield and approach play had not resulted in any goals.
Half Time AFC Sudbury 0 Maldon and Tiptree 0
The early moments of the second half were played mainly in midfield as both sides battled to create any scoring chances with a header from Cowley's free kick for the home side being easily saved to be matched by the Jammers Gondon hitting long into the home goal area but Walker made a confident catch. On 60 minutes AFC's Blake profited from a lucky break to go forward but he fired wide from the edge of the area when he would have hoped to do better but he made amends just 3 minutes later when another fortunate break saw a visiting defenders clearance rebound off a fellow defender to leave Blake a clear run on goal from almost the half way line and he took the ball on well to slide his effort past advancing visiting keeper Domonic Kurasik. Encouraged by this the home side put in another attack that saw Blake head the ball down for Mills to shoot from a narrow angle but Kurasik made a good save. The match was turned then by a brave substitution from Kevin Horlock who took off a defender for an advanced midfielder which saw the visitors again gain the ascendancy although three rapid Sudbury corners had to be well dealt with. Both Ogedi-Uzokwe and Renee almost made the breakthrough for the visitors with strong runs at the heart of the home defence but both were just denied before after 78 minutes the Jammers scored a well deserved equaliser. A quick break from defence by the visitors saw the ball played up to Ogedi-Uzokwe who controlled the ball well before using his speed to get into the penalty box where he was bought down by a defender which resulted in the penalty award and the home side being reduced to 10 men. Ogedi-Uzokwe kept up his 100% success rate from penalty spot with an assured finish into the corner. With a man advantage Maldon and Tiptree went all out for another goal and three points but their unsatisfactory finishing and some brave defending by Sudbury kept them at bay with Clampin again doing the approach play well but then firing across goal for the ball to fly just past the far post. Nicholas Akoto then put a 20 metre first time volley over before both Clampin and Bailey fired over from promising positions then Gondoh almost wriggled through but was just stopped as he was about to shoot.
Final score AFC Sudbury 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
Paul Walker, Alfie Carroll, Joe Claridge, Jake Turner, Julian Smith, Tyler French, Tevan Allen, Sam Clarke, Louis Blake (Callum Wilson 81), David Cowley (Ollie Dunlop 83), Adam Mills
Tom Dettmar, Mekhi McKenzie, Sam Mills
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Domonic Kurasik, Nicholas Akoto, George Forrest (Kieran Bailey 69), Harvey Brown, Oliver Kensdale, Dexter Peters, Johnville Renee (Suliaman
Bah 88) , Harry Morgan, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Ryan Gondoh, Ryan Clampin
Alfie Rowland, Josh Pollard, Andy Walker