AFC Sudbury 2, Lowestoft Town 2
Terry Lynes Lowestoft Town ended their pre-season programme unbeaten with a 2-2 draw away to AFC Sudbury. The Blues made all the running in the first period but came up against keeper Richard Wilmot in inspired form.
Lowestoft Town ended their pre-season programme unbeaten with a 2-2 draw away to AFC Sudbury.
The Blues made all the running in the first period but came up against keeper Richard Wilmot in inspired form. Adam Smith was the first to test him with a 30 yard skimmer. A Curtis Haynes-Brown long throw was touched on by Lee McGlone but Joe Francis could only hit the loose ball straight at the keeper.
A foul on McGlone gave Smith a chance to hit a trademark 30-yard free kick which Wilmot did well to turn over the bar. From the resultant corner Jamie Godbold's flag kick was touched on by Greg Crane but Danny Bloomfield's diving header flashed just wide of the goal.
Godbold and Stuart Ainsley then set up Bloomfield whose shot on the turn brought a tremendous one-handed save from Wilmot. Wilmot then flew across goal to save from Godbold before the Blues took a deserved lead in the 34th minute. Godbold made the initial run before feeding Ainsley whose shot was turned onto the base of the post. The ball spiralled into the air to McGlone who was on hand to head into the empty net.
The Blues made a couple of changes at the break and before they had settled Sudbury had levelled the scores. In the 47th minute Steve Wareham crossed from the right and, although Andy Reynolds got a firm punch to the ball, it fell to Dave Wareham who took the ball forward before hitting a 20-yard shot in off the underside of the bar.
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As the teams rang the changes the game became more even with Haynes-Brown hooking clear a dangerous cross from James Baker. Bloomfield and Ainsley both had shots blocked in front of goal before Sudbury took the lead in the 69th minute. Haynes-Brown was harshly adjudged to have impeded Baker and the striker converted the resultant penalty.
Lowestoft looked for an equaliser and Wilmot again excelled to tip over a McGlone header. Lowestoft's mounting pressure was finally rewarded with an 88th minute equaliser when McGlone stooped to head home an Ainsley corner.
t AFC Sudbury: Wilmot, Agricole, Swain, Townrow, Adams (Brown, 51), Wignall, S Wareham (Barnes, 85), Fox (Webb, 53), Baker (Saunders, 78), Hughes, D Wareham (Henshaw, 74)
t Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Cave-Brown (Gaughran, 62), A Smith (Marsden, 76), Ainsley, Crane (Halliday, 46), Haynes-Brown, Godbold (Forshaw, 76), Mitchell, McGlone, Bloomfield, Francis (Bussens, 46), Sub (not used) P Smith