SKIP­PER STOKES NODS OPENER

The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK NORTH & SOUTH - By Dean Woot­ten

BOW­ERS & Pitsea were made to bat­tle as they over­came AFC Sud­bury to stay top.

Both sides traded chances to open the scor­ing, Cal­lum Har­ri­son driv­ing wide for Sud­bury while Ben Sar­tain saw Paul Walker use his trail­ing leg to keep the scores level at the Len Salmon Sta­dium.

The fi­nal piece of ac­tion be­fore the half-time in­ter­val saw a Brad Warner cor­ner smash against the post to close an other­wise lack­lus­tre open­ing half for the league lead­ers.

But the home side were able to wear down Sud­bury in the sec­ond half, with cap­tain Mar­tyn Stokes head­ing them in front with a pow­er­ful ef­fort.

Warner took his chance to dou­ble the ad­van­tage, fol­low­ing in to score af­ter Quentin Monville had hit the post. Sub­sti­tute James Thomas scored at the death from Max Corn­hill’s flick-on to put the gloss on a flat­ter­ing re­sult for the hosts, who strug­gled to put the game away.

STAR MAN: Ben Sar­tain (Bow­ers & Pitsea) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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