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AFC First Team (Bostik North) - Match center

Heybridge Swifts
AFC Sudbury
Full time
P Kelly (3')
Sat 27 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 241

Three Points From Great Display

Battled All The Way

AFC went into this game on the back of a victory on Tuesday just a couple of miles away and again they came away again with all three points, with another dodged performance.

Manager Mark Morsley was able to recall goalkeeper Paul Walker, fit again after a broken finger, also fit enough to start was midfielder Ryan Horne.

The Scraley Road pitch was in good condition despite the heavy midweek rain although the drizzle that fell during the match made the surface slippery for the players.

Heybridge Swifts 0 AFC Sudbury 1
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It was only three minutes into the game when the all-important goal came as Mekhi McKenzie was fouled as he tried to hold up the ball just inside the Heybridge half. Captain Joe Whight took the free kick and hoisted it into the Heybridge penalty area and Phil Kelly (pictured) was the first to react and got his head to the ball guiding it wide of ‘keeper Danny Sambridge.

Two minutes elapsed before Whight was booked for a strong tackle on Joe Gardner. Juan Luque had the first chance for the home side but shot well over following the free kick. The same player beat Sam Mills a few minutes later and shot but Whight cleared the danger.

Ex-AFC man Luke Callander was trying to get his side into the game but Tyler French was coping well with the burly front man. Ben Hunter found himself rather harshly booked when he swung at a ball behind him and there caught the head of a bending down home forward.

Horne and fellow wide midfielder Ollie Peters switched sides and it was the former who shot wide just after the half hour mark. Billy Holland had to receive treatment for a head injury having been sandwiched between to Heybridge man, Callander being one of them. For his protest over it he was cautioned.

There was a terrific burst of speed down the left hand side from AFC’s Jake Clowsley as he left the opposition behind, his cross ended in a corner that came to nothing.

Half Time: - Heybridge Swifts 0 AFC Sudbury 1

The second period saw Horne return to the pitch apparently limping from a tackle with Thomas Cooney late in the first half, and ten minutes later Max Booth came on to take his place.

With the wind in their favour and being a goal behind as expected the hosts pressed forward at every opportunity but the AFC defence stood firm. Callander showed some frustration as he fired not only over the Sudbury crossbar but also over the roof of the clubhouse some way back from the pitch itself.

Booth showed good speed down the left and earned AFC a corner. With twenty-two minutes left Kelly had to go off and Milo Grimes came on as Sudbury went to very youthful back five.

Luque shot over, then Guillem Ramon and Kreshnic Krasniqi combined on the right for the Essex side but again their effort was cleared. Clowsley made a run through the middle got the ball to McKenzie but he failed to control the ball.

The hosts were getting frustrated and made a couple of substitutions with twelve minutes left bring on Timothy Monsheju and Harrison Chatting. With seven minutes remaining from a corner Krasniqi shot wide as the back line remained solid.

There were five minutes of added time shown and the Swifts were camped in the AFC half trying desperately for the equaliser. They had a breakaway and Chatting raced towards the Sudbury goal with only Walker to beat but the AFC number one came out diving low down to keep a clean sheet. It was the only real save he had to make all afternoon but it was a vital one.

A series of corners saw Sambridge the Heybridge keeper up in the AFC penalty area and from one he had to make haste to get back as Grimes burst away down the left with Monsheju pursuing him. There was a pulling of shirts started by the Heybridge man but some how Grimes found himself yellow carded.

There was still drama in the final minute as Peters had to go off with breathing difficulties and to the annoyance of the home side AFC were able to get Tom Dettmar on to replace him for the last few moments.

The final whistle went and it was three wins on the bounce for AFC lifting them up to eleventh place in the Bostik North table, the highest they have been since first game of the season.

A gritty and defiant team performance.

AFC go up to eleventh place in the table the highest they have been since the first game of the season.

Key moments

Goal Phil Kelly scores for AFC Sudbury

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Heybridge Swifts 0 AFC Sudbury 1
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90:00 Yellow Card
Milo Grimes is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
90:00 Sub On
Tom Dettmar is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
90:00 Sub Off
Ollie Peters is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
68:00 Sub On
Milo Grimes is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
68:00 Sub Off
Phil Kelly is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
55:00 Sub Off
Ryan Horne is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
55:00 Sub On
Max Booth is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
31:00 Yellow Card
Ben Hunter is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
5:00 Yellow Card
Joe Whight is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Phil Kelly scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Heybridge Swifts
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Phil Kelly Goal 3:00'
  • Joe Whight Yellow Card 5:00'
  • Ben Hunter Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Ryan Horne Sub Off 55:00'
  • Max Booth Sub On 55:00'
  • Milo Grimes Sub On 68:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub Off 68:00'
  • Milo Grimes Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Tom Dettmar Sub On 90:00'
  • Ollie Peters Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Walker, Paul Walker, Paul
Mills, Sam Mills, Sam
Clowsley, Jake Clowsley, Jake
Peters, Ollie Peters, Ollie
French, Tyler French, Tyler
Holland, Billy Holland, Billy
Horne, Ryan Horne, Ryan
Whight, Joe Whight, Joe
 McKenzie , Mekhi McKenzie , Mekhi
Kelly, Phil Kelly, Phil
Hunter, Ben Hunter, Ben

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Grays Athletic 38 51
11. Bury Town 38 51
12. AFC Sudbury 38 48
13. Hertford Town 35 45
14. Witham Town 36 44
15. Soham Town Rangers 35 44
16. Mildenhall Town 36 44

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