Redbridge fall just short against Sudbury
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 April 2014
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Ryman One North: Redbridge 2 AFC Sudbury 3
Redbridge will look at back at last night’s game and feel disappointed that they could not complete their comeback, and instead they fell at the final hurdle.
Daniel Charge was back in the starting line-up for the Motormen, and he was influential throughout, before being forced off late on through injury.
The first chance came just over 10 minutes in when Charge picked up the ball in the middle of the park and threaded a ball through to Emiel Aiken, who lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper but also over the bar.
Despite conceding the first chance, Sudbury looked impressive on the ball for the opening period and that paid dividends in the 25th minute.
A corner came into the box from the left and Ollie Hughes stood amongst a crowd of players to head the ball into the back of the net.
Redbridge were not moving the ball fast enough and Sudbury were ready to pick up on every loose ball and they were soon 2-0 up.
Another cross from the left side found an unmarked Sam Croft who made no mistake, leaving Redbridge with a real mountain to climb.
Yet not long after the Motormen responded with a bang as a corner from the right was cleared to Charlie Parish.
With time on the edge of the box, he took a touch to flick the ball up and half volleyed it into the corner of the net to send the fans at Oakside crazy as they reduced the deficit before the break
Bostry Bansende’s late challenge on a Sudbury winger early in the second half saw him booked, and he would have to tread a thin line for the remainder of the match.
But the Redbridge fans were not left worrying too long about his caution, because Charge stepped up to the mark with a classic goal in the 55th minute.
Having received the ball 25 yards from goal Charge proceeded to flick the ball over a centre half and the goalkeeper as the hosts levelled the match.
Despite conceding that equaliser, Sudbury reacted really well and attacked down the right side. A low cross in fell to Jamie Forshaw but scuffed his shot from close range and Redbridge breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It would be Sudbury who would get the crucial breakthrough though when goalkeeper Dean Driscoll was caught off his line after Payton Swatman was played through and he was easily lobbed.
And it got even worse for the Motormen when they went down to 10 men after Daniel Charge pulled his hamstring and was forced to come off with the hosts having already used all three substitutes.
Time was ticking away but Redbridge got their chance to level in the 88th minute when a corner fell to Liam Thomas, but he failed to make a good contact with the ball and headed it wide of the goal.
Sudbury had two good chances to seal the game in added time, but both Hughes and Sam Clark’s efforts were off target, and the hosts were left to contemplate defeat.
They will hope to bounce back when they host lowly Wroxham on Saturday.
Redbridge: Driscoll, Bansende (Smith 63), Parish, Thomas, Good, Henty (Damali 45), Thompson, Worrell, Charge, Aiken (Francis 60), Bradbury.
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