Football: AFC Sudbury youth reports
AFC Sudbury U15 Blues 0, Cornard Utd 11AFC blighted by injuries and illness could only field ten players for this second round match in the Suffolk Minor Cup, against Cornard Utd who are top of the Eastern Junior Alliance league.
AFC Sudbury U15 Blues 0, Cornard Utd 11
AFC blighted by injuries and illness could only field ten players for this second round match in the Suffolk Minor Cup, against Cornard Utd who are top of the Eastern Junior Alliance league.
AFC put on an incredibly spirited display and despite conceding an early goal fought hard to contain what is the best footballing side they have played this season by some distance.
Man-of-the-match Brandon Steele made a fantastic array of saves as the whole team worked very hard and were a credit to the club and manager Scott Payne. Given that United play the equivalent of four leagues higher than AFC and had a man more, many expected a larger margin of victory.
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Alresford Colne Rangers U14s 2, AFC Sudbury U14s 1
AFC started brightly, with Scotty Goodwin and man-of-the-match Anthony Fellingham the main threats and good wing play by Matty Wing and Bradley Carmichael.
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AFC looked the more likely to score but chances came and went and Alresford took the lead with their first real opportunity. Five minutes later the home side forced a corner and took a 2-0 lead through a looping header.
AFC made changes and started the second half well on top, Tom Lait, Brandon Wade and Mitch Weavers ran the midfield and created plenty of chances but the Alresford keeper was in fine form. Unlucky AFC also hit the woodwork.
New AFC centre-back partners Josh Lloyd and Matty Wing and full-backs Daniel George, Bradley Carmichael and Gino Debono kept things tight.
Goodwin slotted AFC's goal after a good through-ball by Ben Smith.
Brightlingsea Blues 0, AFC Sudbury Blues 1
AFC started very well with Eloise King typically bright in midfield and her passing with James Lavelle nearly led to an early goal. Brightlingsea started to make inroads as the half went on but man-of-the-match Toby Mattock, making his debut in goal, saved everything that came his way.
Three minutes into the second half Lavelle used his space wisely to score his first goal for the Blues.
Brightlingsea Reds 0, AFC Sudbury Reds 2
The Reds started slowly but gradually got into the game, Vincent Bleakley and Rocky Barratt putting in their best performances in the middle. Nicholas Webber was outstanding at the back but it was Peter Shipley's runs forward that caused Brightlingsea trouble. Ben Turner scored from a free kick on 13 minutes after good work by Gus Armin. Man-of-the-match Charlie Lovering was called into action one on one with the striker and managed a great save. One minute later and good work by Webber led to Armin scoring.
AFC SUDBURY U12 REDS 0, STANWAY ROVERS BLUES 14
MAN-of-the-match Sam Daw made some excellent saves to deny Stanway even more goals.
Ryan Impey and Alex Curran tried hard up front ,but Stanway were just too strong.
Stephen Bantock, Cameron Bailey, Joseph Branch and Bradley Youngs battled hard in midfield, with Bradley sometimes getting through on goal.
Micheal Mills, Conner Meekins, Harrison Grittle and Alex Graften worked hard in defence.