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AFC First Team (Bostik North) - Match centre

Witham Town
AFC Sudbury
Full time
C Parker (21' Pen, 46')
Sat 26 Dec 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Division North Attendance 160

Away Win Sees AFC Joint Top

Two For Parker

Craig Parker’s brace of goals helped Jamie Godbold’s side come from behind to beat 10-man Witham to record their eighth consecutive league victory at a very windy Spa Road on Boxing Day. With league leaders Cray Wanderers losing Sudbury drew level on points with the Kent side but behind on goal difference but with two games in hand.

For the third match running Godbold fielded an unchanged side. It was a well earned win in difficult windy conditions and it would have been greater but for several outstanding saves from debutant home keeper Harry Palmer.

Despite having a strong wind in their faces AFC did most of the early attacking and twice in quick succession home keeper Palmer made top class saves to deny Sam Clarke and Joe Maybanks.

Ryan Charles forced Sudbury keeper Marcus Garnham into a tip-over save before Witham opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Lewis Francis latched on to a long wind assisted defensive clearance and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper.

Eight minutes later Sudbury levelled, when, from a good build-up Maybanks was fouled in the penalty box by Lance Atkins. The central defender was shown a straight red card and Craig Parker (pictured) tucked away the resulting spot kick.
Keeper Palmer made another fine save to deny Parker giving Sudbury a first half lead.

Half time: Witham Town 1 AFC Sudbury 1

The second half was only a minute old when AFC scored their second goal to go in front.Now, with the strong wind at their backs, Parker seized on a ball over the top and although Palmer blocked his first effort Craig Parker pounced on to the loose ball and netted from a narrow angle.

That proved to be Sudbury’s winning goal as Palmer made other fine saves and Witham, despite their numerical disadvantage had some good spells of pressure but got little change out of a sound Sudbury defence.

Att 160

Pat Arbon

Key moments

Scored Penalty Craig Parker scores a penalty for AFC Sudbury
Goal Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
Replay game

As it happened

  • Witham Town
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Craig Parker Scored Penalty 21:00'
  • Joe Maybanks Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Craig Parker Goal 46:00'
  • Liam Wales Sub On 68:00'
  • Jordan Blackwell Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jack Newman Sub On 80:00'
  • Sam Clarke Sub Off 80:00'
  • George Clarke Sub On 80:00'
  • Craig Parker Sub Off 80:00'
  • Luke Callander Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Garnham, Marcus Garnham, Marcus
Robinson, Ben Robinson, Ben
Wilkinson, Jack Wilkinson, Jack
Callander, Luke Callander, Luke
Berquez, Ollie Berquez, Ollie
Henshaw, Ryan Henshaw, Ryan
Henshaw, Ryan Henshaw, Ryan
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Parker, Craig Parker, Craig
Blackwell, Jordan Blackwell, Jordan
Maybanks, Joe Maybanks, Joe
AFC Sudbury
  • 1. Marcus Garnham
  • 2. Ben Robinson
  • 3. Jack Wilkinson
  • 4. Ollie Berquez
  • 5. Ryan Henshaw
  • 6. Ryan Henshaw
  • 7. Joe Maybanks
  • 8. Sam Clarke
  • 9. Luke Callander
  • 10. Craig Parker
  • 11. Jordan Blackwell
  • 12. Liam Wales
  • 14. Ross Bailey
  • 15. Stefano Mallardo
  • 16. Jack Newman
  • 17. George Clarke

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. AFC Sudbury 46 105
2. Thurrock 46 96
3. Harlow Town 46 96
4. Cray Wanderers 46 90
5. AFC Hornchurch 46 86
6. Cheshunt 46 80
7. Maldon & Tiptree 46 78

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