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Sunday, February 26th, 2012 | Attendance
AFC Ladies 2 - 0 Bungay Town Ladies
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The AFC Ladies returned to league action for the first time in a month .AFC struggled to field a full team, but with thanks to Charlotte Warren, who returned from Nottingham University especially for the match, and also to Natalie Curtin who played despite the sad loss of her granddad in the morning before kick off, a bare 11 was available.
On a surprisingly sunny afternoon both sides made bright starts with early chances in the opening minutes, the best chance falling to Bungay with a one on one with AFC’s stand in keeper Natalie Curtin, however Curtin was quick off her line and produced a fantastic block to avert the early danger. Sudbury’s opening chances fell to Jodie Sharp who was uncharacteristically unable to convert. With 20 minutes gone the Sudbury pressure was building with Sharp unlucky not to convert from yards out when the ball came off her shin pad and went wide of the goal. Bungay’s keeper was forced into 2 diving saves within minutes from Sharp and then Baker, but still AFC were unable to get the ball in the net. AFC were getting their fair share of corners and Chloe Mills looked to have fired one into the net only for it to go into the side netting. With the half time whistle approaching AFC produced the move of the match with Golding coming in from the right to exchange a one-two pass with Mills before a back flick through to Sharp cut the defence wide open, Sharp’s low shot across the goal produced a brilliant diving save from the keeper to deny Sudbury a fabulously worked goal to take into half time.
Half time score: AFC Sudbury 0 – 0 Bungay Town.
The second half saw Sudbury still applying the pressure but unable to produce an end result with Bungay’s pacey right back having a phenomenal game. AFC had a Lottie Churchman headed corner cleared off the line early on before Sharp also saw her shot cleared off the line moments later. Natalie Golding then had AFC’s best chance of the match when in a one on one with the keeper was unable to get the ball out of her feet for a shot and the chance was gone.
With Bungay rarely troubling the Sudbury defence and Sudbury’s inability to find the net the match looked headed for a goal-less draw, but with 15 minutes remaining AFC finally made the breakthrough with great interplay in the box between Golding and Mills feeding in Sharp who fired in from close range. Minutes later AFC were able to double their lead when Baker’s lay off in the box allowed Sharp to once again finish from a tight angle.
Full time score AFC Sudbury 2 – 0 Bungay Town.
The result means AFC stay 3rd in the table with just 2 league games remaining, but with league leaders Gt Shelford still to play as well as Ipswich Wanderers who are also contending for 3rd spot, the points could prove vital in deciding where AFC will end the season, but the dates for the remaining league games are yet to be determined.