Braintree lose, but AFC Sudbury march on

BRAINTREE suffered a 2-0 defeat at Eastbourne in Blue Square South on Saturday, but AFC Sudbury march on in Ryman League Division One North with their fourth straight victory.

BRAINTREE suffered a 2-0 defeat at Eastbourne in Blue Square South on Saturday, but AFC Sudbury march on in Ryman League Division One North with their fourth straight victory.

BLUE SQUARE SOUTH

Eastbourne 2 Braintree Town 0

Braintree Town never recovered from an early set-back against Eastbourne on Saturday.


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In the very first minute Matt Crabb fired in after a long throw had caused confusion in the Iron rearguard.

Things didn't get any better for Iron in the first 45 minutes as Eastbourne dominated and created chance after chance.

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Atkin fired wide when well placed after six minutes and Scott Ramsey hit the foot of a post after 20 minutes, before Armstrong made it 2-0 after 38 minutes with a cracking free-kick driven low past Nicky Morgan.

With both Robbie Martin and Eugene Ofori on at the start of the second half Braintree did look better, but Eastbourne's defence soaked up any pressure, Iron's best chance being a Ian Cousins header that thumped the crossbar before being cleared.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

AFC Sudbury 3 Redbridge 0

AFC Sudbury stretched their 100% start to the season to four matches, two goals from veteran Chris Tracey providing the platform for Saturday's victory.

Following a close first half in which Cunningham twice shot at Tucker and the keeper had finger-tipped round a goalbound shot from Calver, Redbridge almost snatched a half-time lead, a goalmouth scramble twice forcing Munson to block close-range shots.

The deadlock was broken after 54 minutes, Tucker touching over Heath's dipping free-kick to concede the corner that Heath swung in for Tracey to steal ahead of Tucker and head home.

Two minutes later Boardley's inch-perfect pass over the defence saw Cunningham nip in to nod the ball past Tucker, before from a repeat corner situation Tracey again reacted first to head home Heath's corner kick.

Wivenhoe Town 0 Canvey Island 2

TWO first-half Canvey Island goals were enough to beat Wivenhoe Town on Saturday.

The highlight of the opening minutes was an errant Canvey shot clearing the stand and breaking a clubhouse window, but it was the home side who would soon be shattered.

Proske was denied by a superb stop by ex-Southend keeper Capleton before Luck took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to fire the visitors ahead in the 34th minute.

Six minutes later Curran found himself unmarked in the six-yard box to head home.

Proske had two goalbound shots blocked as the Dragons tried to get back into the game, and although Canvey had plenty of efforts, Neal was rarely extended in the home goal.

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