Stowmarket striker Willie Clemons sees red in heated Suffolk Derby
Willie Clemons’s late sending off, marred Stowmarket Town’s 3-1 win away to AFC Sudbury, in the Isthmian League North on Saturday.
The Bermuda international was shown a straight red in stoppage time for dissent, while compatriot Reggie Lambe was booked in what proved to be a heated Suffolk Derby, at MEL Stadium.
Clemons had been in sparkling form going in the match, having scored in each of his team’s previous three outings in league and cup action.
Picking up where he left off, the Stowmarket forward won a penalty that former Sudbury player Craig Parker converted to put the visitors out front.
Clemons also had a shot saved off the line in the second half, before he was sent off to blemish what had otherwise been a polished display by the visitors, who moved level on points at the top of the standings with leaders Aveley.
Ben Hunter and Chris Casement netted Stowmarket’s remaining goals.
Hunter scored their second after Sudbury goalkeeper Josh Blunkell, parried Kane Munday’s delightful cross into his path, to give them a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
Casement made it 3-0 from a free-kick shortly after Clemons had his effort saved off the line.
Joshua Stokes scored a consolation for the home side against the run of play.
Clemons, 27, joined Stowmarket last October with national team team-mate Lambe being influential in securing a deal for him at the club.
Elsewhere, Roger Lee made his second appearance since rejoining Loughborough Dynamo, who suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Coleshill Town, in the Northern Premier League Midland Division.
Joe Phillips put the home side ahead with a left-footed volley from 20-yards, that beat the visitors’ goalkeeper Jason Alexander.
Coleshill pulled farther away when Alexander failed to deal with a cross and the loose ball fell to Gio Dainty, who lobbed into the net to earn the hosts a 2-0 cushion at the break.
The visitors were back in the contest, when Kyle Jardine headed in Robbie McNicholas’s cross at the far post, to signal game on.
Loughborough then came agonisingly close to equalising in the last minute, when Curtis Burrows’s 20-yard free kick struck the crossbar.
Lee rejoined Loughborough earlier this month after a brief stint at Northern Premier League Premier Division side, Mickleover, making his first appearance for Brad Munn’s team, in a 2-2 home draw against Carlton Town in the league at Nanpantan Sports Ground on January 22.
The 30-year-old initially joined Loughborough from Stafford Rangers in January of 2017 and went on to make 17 appearances during the 2017-18 season.