Blues bounce back with away win
ARLESEY Town banished the memories of a bleak November by taking maximum points at AFC Sudbury. On their first ever visit to Sudbury, the Blues were again without influential players Stuart Beevor and Kaan Fehmi (injured) plus Jay Thomas (unavailable). Th
ARLESEY Town banished the memories of a bleak November by taking maximum points at AFC Sudbury.
On their first ever visit to Sudbury, the Blues were again without influential players Stuart Beevor and Kaan Fehmi (injured) plus Jay Thomas (unavailable).
The match for 89 minutes produced all that is best in non-league football with Arlesey solid in defence, imaginative in midfield and potent up front.
But the home side became more and more desperate and the game erupted in the 89th minute with two players - one from either side - being shown the red card.
The really big plus for Arlesey was the forward play of Ozie Foster and Michael McKenzie who ran themselves to a standstill.
An early move saw Paul Bloss and McKenzie combine to find Martin Williams who shot narrowly wide.
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Another attack ended with McKenzie turning in space and shooting past the post with the keeper scrambling along his line.
The hosts were undone in the 23rd minute when a move involving Craig Rydeheard and Foster found McKenzie who powered past the ponderous George to give Musson in the home goal no chance.
Five minutes later, another quickfire build-up involving Rydeheard and McKenzie ended with Foster firing home to increase the advantage.
There was almost a third minutes later when a Rydeheard free-kick from the left saw Musson punch clear in uncertain fashion with his defenders all at sea.
Sudbury were not in the contest as an attacking force but Arlesey were undone in the 37th minute with a goal that should have been prevented.
Rowe was allowed space on the left to deliver a cross to the far post that eluded Steve Dogbe for Head, creeping up on the blindside, to reduce the arrears.
Action soon switched to the other end as the marauding Foster found McKenzie whose shot was scrambled for a corner.
The visitors continued to ask all the important questions after the break and Bloss saw his 20-yard effort pushed over the bar by Musson.
Home pressure increased but the Sudbury attacks were predictable, although Arlesey enjoyed one share of luck in the 61st minute when an attack was not cleared and the ball arrived at Raynor who screwed his effort wide from close range.
Both Clayden and Head had chances, the initial effort a glancing header wide, soon followed by the home skipper whose finish summed up his side's play.
Sudbury became more desperate and in the final minute, the game boiled over as a terrible tackle resulted in Noble being dismissed and Arlesey keeper Jack Rashid also got involved in the aftermath and was ordered off.
This incident spoiled what had been an excellent contest for all the right reasons against a home side which knocked Cambridge City out of the FA Trophy the previous week.
Blues: Rashid (Bliss 89m), McElroy, Bloss, Williams, Barr, Dogbe, Gray, Tekell, Foster (Hay 86m), McKenzie, Rydeheard.