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AFC First Team (Bostik North) - Match centre

AFC Sudbury
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C Parker (41')
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Division North Attendance 151


Title Won

Well the Ryman North Champions for 2015/16 are AFC Sudbury!!!!!

Well it was a day that promised so much and at the end of it the promise had been answered.

AFC went to Tilbury in search of the elusive point that would crown them as Ryman North Champions and they not only collect the point but came away with all three and the Championship with them. It was a solitary Craig Parker goal late in the first half that settled matters.

Tilbury 0 AFC Sudbury 1
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Manager Jamie Godbold was unable to select his Captain Sam Clarke who suffered a quad injury last week, Ross Bailey took his midfield role. Danny Cunningham was fit enough to come into the team and slotted into left back with Stefano Mallardo suspended.

The Chadfields pitch was rather dry and bumpy having missed the morning rain that had drenched Suffolk. AFC spurred on by the vast majority of the 151 spectators started brightly with Luke Callander prominent in the first ten minutes. Jordan Blackwell and Callander combined well and the move ended with Parker heading wide.

Tilbury eager not to have any celebrations on their pitch came more into the game and James got on the end of a cross but headed in the arms of Marcus Garnham.

At the other end from a corner Ryan Henshaw shot hard and low and Bogard in the Tilbury goal saved low down. The hosts responded and from a corner Carlile headed powerfully but thankfully wide of the AFC goal. Ollie Berquez was on hand to block another Tilbury effort this time from James.

AFC were not able to get their normally reliable passing game going mainly due to the uneven surface. The first booking of the day on forty minutes went to Tilbury’s Game for a trip on Cunningham. From the free kick out on the left the ball ended up on the right wing with Blackwell and Henshaw involved and played into Callander whose shot deflected to the far post and there was Craig Parker to score from close range. It was his twenty-seventh goal of the season.

Half time; - Tilbury 0 AFC Sudbury 0

With the lead it meant that AFC just needed to ensure they did not concede two goals to make certain of lifting the title.

In the first minute James Baker wearing the Captain’s armband was yellow carded for a trip on Babalola.

There was little goalmouth action in the first fifteen minutes and during that time Tilbury made a couple of substitutions. AFC’s Callander and Cunningham both picked up bookings in the next ten minutes as the game failed to sparkle, but it did not need to as far as AFC were concerned.

The Essex side threatened when Aiken headed a free-kick goalwards but Garnham collected and then made a great fingertip saves to deny the same player who hit a rasping shot.

Joe Maybanks went off with Liam Wales replacing him this with ten minutes of the game remaining and then Tyler French took over from Parker to strengthen the midfield area with Cunningham pushing forward. He was substituted on ninety minutes with Jack Newman coming on for the remainder of added time.

AFC easily saw out the rest of the game and when the final whistle went they were able to celebrate winning the Ryman North title.

There were plenty of joyous scenes as the players and managers joined together to share their emotions before going to the AFC supporters and together celebrating the title that their season’s performances thoroughly deserved.

The dreaded play-offs successfully avoided and so onwards and upward as CHAMPIONS!!!!

Att 151


Key moments

Goal Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury

Videos and photos

Tilbury 0 AFC Sudbury 1
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Tilbury 0 AFC Sudbury 1


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90:00 Sub On
Jack Newman is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
90:00 Sub Off
Danny Cunningham is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
87:00 Sub Off
Craig Parker is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
87:00 Sub On
Tyler French is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
80:00 Sub Off
Joe Maybanks is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
80:00 Sub On
Liam Wales is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
74:00 Yellow Card
Danny Cunningham is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
67:00 Yellow Card
Luke Callander is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
46:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Henshaw is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 0 - 1
Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Tilbury
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Craig Parker Goal 41:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Luke Callander Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Danny Cunningham Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Joe Maybanks Sub Off 80:00'
  • Liam Wales Sub On 80:00'
  • Tyler French Sub On 87:00'
  • Craig Parker Sub Off 87:00'
  • Danny Cunningham Sub Off 90:00'
  • Jack Newman Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

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

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