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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | Attendance
AFC Ladies 3 - 1 Brantham Athletic Ladies
|14||Lana King||Sub on|
Man of the match
|Marie 'Eileen' Seabrook||0|
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After a week with no game, Sudbury looked to continue their winning run with a win over visitors Brantham.
Brantham made the much brighter start to the match and Sudbury were forced to defend from the kick off. Brantham were almost rewarded for their attacking start early on. The chance came from a Brantham player who was through on goal and managed a shot across the goal from a tight angle on the right, the attempt narrowly missed and went wide of the left post. Sudbury were also unlucky to score early on when Emma Holloway latched onto Brantham’s goal kick and looked to have successfully beaten the keeper from range, only to have the cross bar keep the ball out of the net. Brantham were working hard and their work rate saw them have much of the play in the first half, with Sudbury slow to close down the play whilst Brantham were in possession. Sudbury were soon made to pay for their lack of closing down when a Brantham player was given too much time on the ball and created the chance which lead to Brantham taking the lead. Shortly after opening he scoring, Brantham again looked like scoring. A ball over the top of the Sudbury defence landed into the path of the Brantham striker who failed to convert the chance and extend their lead.
As the half continued Sudbury became more of a presence in the Brantham box, the main danger arose from the numerous corners which Sudbury failed to divert into the goal. The half finished AFC Sudbury 0 – 1 Brantham with both teams guilty of missed opportunities on goal.
After a somewhat lack lustre first half performance, Sudbury started the second half much more positively. With 10 minutes of the second half played Sudbury were level in the match. Emma Squirrell picked the ball up in midfield and played a pass through the Brantham defence for Emma Holloway who netted for her first of the match. The five minutes following the equaliser saw Sudbury score two more and seal the win and 3 points. Sudbury’s second was created when Marie Seabrook picked up the ball in defence before releasing Holloway with a precision pass that opened up Brantham’s defence once again. Sudbury’s third and final goal followed quickly after with Holloway scoring her hat-trick with a shot from within the 18 yard box, despite being closed down by the Brantham defenders. The game became flat as Sudbury saw out the remainder of the match. Brantham’s only real chance of scoring came courtesy of a ball over the top of the defence giving Brantham an opening on goal, however good running by Lana King averted the danger.
The game finished AFC Sudbury Ladies 3 – 1 Brantham Athletic Ladies. Sudbury showed great character in the second half in order to turn the match around and keep their unbeaten league status.
Next Sunday sees Sudbury travel to Brandon in what will be the ladies last league match before cup commitments take precedence.