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AFC Sudbury 2 Aylesbury United 2 – Late leveller means Mark Morsley’s men live to fight another day in FA Trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:01 08 October 2017

Seventeen-year-old Callum Watson celebrates putting AFC Sudbury in front. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Seventeen-year-old Callum Watson celebrates putting AFC Sudbury in front. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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AFC Sudbury will travel to Aylesbury United for an FA Trophy preliminary round replay on Wednesday night after netting a stoppage-time equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at King’s Marsh Stadium.

Ollie Dunlop on the ball for AFC Sudbury. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Ollie Dunlop on the ball for AFC Sudbury. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

This was the first game of the second coming for manager Mark Morsley and his management team and he included a couple of new signings and a number of the club’s young academy players.

The home side started brightly, taking the lead in the 12th minute when captain Sam Clarke crossed the ball for 17-year-old Callum Watson to convert a stooping header on his full debut.

Callum Watson celebrates opening the scoring. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Callum Watson celebrates opening the scoring. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury continued to press. Forward Sam Mills, another making his full debut, crossed into box but the ball was scrambled away. New signing Jamie Eaton-Collins hit the post with a fine long-range shot and Ollie Dunlop saw the rebound chance blocked.

The second half saw the Buckinghamshire visitors, who play in the Southern League Division One East, come out in a much more defiant mood and set about getting back into the game. Tyriq Hunte saw a shot tipped away by Walker before Lea Coulter also had a shot saved.

AFC Sudbury duo Jake Clowsley and Sam Clarke rise for the same ball. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT AFC Sudbury duo Jake Clowsley and Sam Clarke rise for the same ball. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury responded as Jake Clowsley and Eaton-Collins combined down the left before Dunlop fired high over the Aylesbury bar. Clowsley then had a shot tipped away by Sillitoe for a corner.

A change was made by AFC with Alfie Carroll coming on and the side going to three at the back. Almost immediately Aylesbury took the lea as a ball through the middle evaded Tyler French and Hunte got on the end of it to fire home.

Aylesbury goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe clears from AFC Sudbury's Julian Smith. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Aylesbury goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe clears from AFC Sudbury's Julian Smith. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury replied with Dunlop going through and shooting at Sillitoe with the ball going to Sam Mills who unfortunately fired over.

With only two minutes left it looked all over for the home side when Julian Smith lost the ball to Harry Jones who found Hunte in the middle to shoot home.

Joe Claridge in action for AFC Sudbury. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Joe Claridge in action for AFC Sudbury. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The never-say-die attitude of Sudbury was shown two minutes into stoppage-time when Joe Claridge crossed from the left, Watson chested the ball down and Dunlop crashed the ball home giving Sillitoe no chance. It was no more than AFC deserved.

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