Aveley v AFC Sudbury

3pm  30 December 2017

Isthmian League, Division One North
Aveley 1 AFC Sudbury 1 (att 271)

Having spent Friday in Brighton I was hoping to see a game in Sussex, but wet weather meant postponements so I journeyed north into Essex and the safety of the artificial surface at Aveley's new home.

The Parkside ground opened at the start of the season, and so for the third Saturday in a row I visited a newly-built football ground and was impressed by what I saw.

The main stand backs onto a nice clubhouse, with plenty more seats in another stand on the far side and covered standing areas behind both goals. The pitch is artificial grass, but the only markings on it are for 11-a-side football, unlike most of the 'caged' 3G and 4G pitches around.

Aveley seem to be getting good support in their new home, despite some indifferent form on the pitch. They should have won this game, but AFC Sudbury rescued a point thanks to an 88th minute equaliser.

The visitors had 10 men by that stage, after a player was red-carded for his reaction to the referee refusing to give a free kick (correctly, it looked a dive to me).

With a man advantage Aveley should have built on their first half lead, but despite playing well they failed to take any of the chances they created, including missing a penalty. In the end they paid the price with Sudbury's late goal.










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