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Defiant Defending Defeats Swifts

3 weeks ago By Tony Simpson

Team Spirit High

A gritty and throughly deserved all round team performance saw AFC return from Scarley Road with all three points with a 1-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts in front of 241 spectators.

AFC Manager Mark Morsley made a change to the starting line up with Paul Walker returning in goal after injury. His recent deputy has now gone on dual registration and played for St Neots Town today.

It did not take long for AFC new striker Phil Kelly to continue where he left off at Maldon on Tuesday as after only three minutes he headed home a Joe Whight free kick to to double his Sudbury goal tally.

On a damp and slippery pitch both sides had trouble keeping their feet. It was an interesting afternoon with ex-AFC man Luke Callander up against Tyler French and at the other end another ex-Sudbury man Ryan Henshaw trying to control Mekhi McKenzie. Both defenders probably came out on top.

There was no further score before the break and the home side came out all guns blazing after it, but the AFC defence stood firm to a man and were on hand to either get in good tackles or blocks to prevent any scoring. Ryan Horne went off before the hour mark and Max Booth took his place and the Kelly had to go off and Milo Grimes came into what was a now a back five.

Walker was not called upon to make any real saves that was until stoppage time when he made a critical save coming out and diving at the feet of an on rushing Swifts forward to save brilliantly.

Three well deserved points and they pushed AFC up two places to eleventh in the Bostik North table.

The Reserves won 3-2 at home to March Town United in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, while the Essex Senior Reserve League side lost 6-1 against Takeley Reserves.


Updated 21:00 - 27 Jan 2018 by Tony Simpson

Where next?

Saturday Swifts Sojourn Two Games At King’s Marsh

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Sat 24 Feb
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AFC Sudbury Development (Essex Senior Reserve League) Gt Wakering Rovers Reserves
League 14:00
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AFC First Team (Bostik North) Bowers & Pitsea
League 15:00
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AFC Reserves (Thurlow Nunn First Division) Framlingham Town
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Sun 25 Feb
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Under 14 's (Eastern J A) St Ives Town
League TBC
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Under 16's (Eastern Junior Alliance) Stanway Rovers
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Under 13's (Eastern Junior Alliance) Concord Rangers
Cup 10:00
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Under 15's (Eastern Junior Alliance) Buckhurst Hill
League 12:00
Wed 28 Feb
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AFC Sudbury U'19s (National League U19 Alliance) Lowestoft Town
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Thu 1 Mar
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AFC Academy (Thurlow Nunn Youth League) Sporting 87
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Sat 3 Mar
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AFC First Team (Bostik North) Witham Town
League 15:00
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AFC Reserves (Thurlow Nunn First Division) Downham Town
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