Wisbech St Mary manager Kaufman: sin-binning of Jake Miller was turning point in Thurlow Nunn League 7-2 collapse at AFC Sudbury Res
Thurlow Nunn League First Division North
AFC Sudbury Res 7 Wisbech St Mary 2
The second-half sin-binning of Jake Miller was the turning point of the match at Kings Marsh Stadium, said Saints manager Alex Kaufman.
Wisbech St Mary are rock bottom after defeat in the Eastern Counties League at AFC Sudbury Res.
Saints conceded in the 15th and 31st minutes but pulled it back to 2-2 with goals in the 33rd and the 37th minutes.
However, they conceded again two minutes before the break, let in a further two when Jake Miller was sin binned for 10 minutes and went on to let in two more.
Kaufman said: “The second half was bad; we actually started really well.
“Sudbury are a really good, young academy side. We knew it was going to be tough. We changed shape and looked really good.
“In the first two minutes Corey Kingston was put through in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper; unfortunately his touch just got away from him, and that would have put us 1-0 up, really.
“We went 2-0 down but got back into it at 2-2 but Sudbury scored again before the break.
“At half-time we were quite positive that we were still in the game and that we could turn this game around again.
“They’ve all gone through the academy system and they’ve got a good pathway and a good standard of boys coming through. It doesn’t matter who they had, we knew it was going to be tough.
“In the second half we actually started really well and in the 65th minute Jake Miller got sin-binned and the game changed.
“We conceded two goals when he was off the pitch and we collapsed. Corey Kingston missed a penalty in the 89th minute.”
On target were Corey Kingston, who now has nine goals in 13 games, and Tom Chilton straight from a corner.
Wisbech St Mary on Saturday are away to mid-table Great Yarmouth Town.
Kaufman, who expects to have a full squad, added: “We need a drastic change in attitude and application because not enough people are standing up and taking responsibility on the pitch.
“Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves lost 8-0 (at home to Sheringham) and I think it’s going to be a two-way race for second-from-bottom.
“If we can finish second-from-bottom then it gives us hope that we’re not going to be put down next season.”
Fixtures Saturday: Cornard Utd v Needham Market Res, Debenham LC v Felixstowe & Walton U Res, Diss Town v Downham Tn, Framlingham Tn v Mulbarton Wanderers, Gt Yarmouth Tn v Wisbech St Mary, Haverhill Borough v March Town Utd, Ipswich Wdrs v Fakenham Tn, Lakenheath v King’s Lynn Tn Res, Leiston Res v Norwich CBS.