AFC back to their winning ways

After the disappointment of the week before, the club bounced back to winning ways.

After the disappointment of the week before, the club bounced back to winning ways.

The players and supporters were given a big lift before Saturday's game with the news that Mark Morsley had accepted an apology from Jamie Rowe who is now staying with the club. All concerned can now put this episode behind them and, if anything, it should strengthen team spirit.

Earlier in the week the team put in a great performance to deservedly knock Chelmsford City out of the League Cup and our reward is a tough away tie at Redbridge on the 4th December. New signing Matty Clements from Mildenhall put in a very encouraging performance and with Jamie now staying and Kevin Hughes on his way back from injury, I believe that the quality of the squad is as good if not better than we have seen before but, of course, it is only results and performances which will confirm this. During the City game three of our lady supporters braved the elements and collected £151.41 for Children in Need.

For 85 minutes it looked as if it was going to be one of those games as we dominated Waltham Abbey but could not break down their defence. Our perseverance paid off as two goals in the last five minutes by Stuart Boardley and Jamie Rowe gave us the vital win which saw us return to the top of the League and, with all our rivals dropping points, it turned out to be an even better end of the week.

Our Reserves progressed in the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup with a 0 - 2 win at Walsham with a brace from Bradley Hughes.

Both teams have a week off with the 1st XI's next game being away to Brentwood which is now to be on Tuesday, November 27 with the next home game being against Ware on Saturday, December 1. Both these games are against teams who will be our main rivals for promotion. Our second string will be at Halstead Town on the 27th November. In the quarter finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup we have been drawn away to Haverhill Rovers Reserves and this tie will take place on Saturday, January 12.

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Not only did Mark Morsley have to deal with the Jamie situation last week but he also had to act quickly after Nathan Munson decided to retire. It was fitting that Nathan was made Man of the Match against Chelmsford City by sponsor John Coleman. Thankfully Nathan will be staying with the club taking over from Dave Hunt as our goalkeeper coach. I thank Dave for his contribution over the last 18 months. Dean Neil from Wivenhoe has been signed to replace Nathan.

It was a bit of a disastrous day for the AFC Sudbury Youth teams who all played in Round 2 of the League Cup, with the Under 9's, Under 12's and Under 14's all being knocked out. In fact, the sole survivors going through to the next round are the Under 10's Blues.

The Under 9's lost 4 - 0 at home to Reed Hall Sentinels. The Under 10's Blues thrashed Frinton & Walton Blues 10 - 0, goal scorers were Seb Lingard 3, Liam O'Mara 2, Patrick Cooper 2, Kieran Marshall 2 and Chris Lewis. The Under 12's and Under 14's both played away at Lawford Juniors, the Under 12's losing 4 - 0 and the Under 14's losing 6 - 1.