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Grays Athletic
AFC Sudbury
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C Parker (9'), R Eagle (24'), L Wales (77')
Wed 17 Aug 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 159

A Deserved Win Away From Home

Two Goal Margin

AFC's preparations were hindered by heavy traffic on the way to Mill Field Aveley, with the kit only arriving just prior to kick off.

ManagerJamie Godbold, without his assistant Andy Reynolds, at home with his new born daughter, decided to put out the same starting eleven as the first game of the season.

The Aveley pitch was in parts parched and not conducive to the good passing football AFC like to play. Early play was end to end, but it was AFC who took the lead in the ninth minute. A long ball into the six-yard box found Luke Callander and Sam Bantick and it came out to Craig Parker some twenty-yards out and he sent the ball back and it evade the Grays keeper an ended up in the back of the net.

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Grays had a chance some nine minutes later when Wickham shot and Marcus Garnham saved low down and then he was in action again punching away under pressure to concede a corner.

The AFC lead was doubled on twenty-three minutes when after some good work from Sam Bantick, Parker and Callander the ball fell to Rob Eagle on the left of the Grays goal and he shot home for his first goal for the club.

Garnham again had to be alert when Mascoll fired in along range shot that he punched over. It was again the home side that had a chance to pull a goal back when Fallah got in at the near post but Garnham spread himself to deny the Grays man.

Half-time;- Grays Athletic 0 AFC Sudbury 2

Grays made a couple of substitutions at the break including bring on their player manager Stuart at the heart of their defence. The home side pressed more and James Baker slipped and let in Mascoll who fired just wide of the post.

Callander had a chance but saw his header from a free-kick go over the bar, before Grays pulled a goal back. The ball was played into the centre of the AFC penalty area and seemed to stick to the head of Menga and he turned and fired home from close range to reduce the arrears.

James Baker somehow picked up a booking on the half-way line when he appeared to cleanly get the ball, the referee disagreed. Liam Wales replaced Callander up front and showed some early promise doing well in the Grays penalty area. Osaba got in a shot that somehow just went passed the far post, no home player could get a touch to the ball.

The pressure was taken off the visitors when they added a third goal. The ball was played around the Grays box with Bantick being involved and crossing to find the head of Liam Wales to score.

Bantick and Jack Newman were taken off with Aaron Greene and Jordan Blackwell coming on with twelve minutes remaining

Garnham saved low down on his line before Sam Clarke became the second AFC man to be yellow carded and Parker shot wide as the game came to a successful AFC conclusion.

Three goals and three points meant a solid start to AFC's season.

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Key moments

Goal Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Rob Eagle scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Liam Wales scores for AFC Sudbury

Videos and photos

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82:00 Yellow Card
Sam Clarke is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
79:00 Sub On
Jordan Blackwell is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Newman is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
79:00 Sub On
Aaron Greene is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
79:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
77:00 Goal 0 - 3
Liam Wales scores for AFC Sudbury
71:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Henshaw is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
69:00 Sub On
Liam Wales is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
69:00 Sub Off
Luke Callander is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Rob Eagle scores for AFC Sudbury
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Craig Parker scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Grays Athletic
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Craig Parker Goal 9:00'
  • Rob Eagle Goal 24:00'
  • Liam Wales Sub On 69:00'
  • Luke Callander Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Liam Wales Goal 77:00'
  • Jordan Blackwell Sub On 79:00'
  • Jack Newman Sub Off 79:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub On 79:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 79:00'
  • Sam Clarke Yellow Card 82:00'

Team selection

AFC Sudbury
  • 1. Marcus Garnham
  • 2. Ben Robinson
  • 3. Adam Tann
  • 4. Ryan Henshaw
  • 5. Ryan Henshaw
  • 6. Sam Bantick
  • 7. Sam Clarke
  • 8. Jack Newman
  • 9. Luke Callander
  • 10. Craig Parker
  • 11. Rob Eagle
  • 14. Stefano Mallardo
  • 15. Jordan Blackwell
  • 16. Aaron Greene
  • 17. Liam Wales
  • 18. Callum Robinson


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Hendon 46 54
19. Burgess Hill Town 46 54
20. Merstham 46 53
21. Harrow Borough 46 53
22. Canvey Island 46 52
23. AFC Sudbury 46 46
24. Grays Athletic 46 38

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