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AFC First Team (Bostik North) - Match centre

AFC Sudbury
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R Henshaw (78')
Tue 27 Sep 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 311

Good Performance But No Points

League Leaders Remain Unbeaten

AFC travelled to Victory Road to take on league leaders Leiston and although they slipped to a narrow defeat they did more than enough to show that this league really holds no fears for them.

Manager Jamie Godbold put out the same team that started in their victory at Harlow two days previously. There was however a twist to the formation with AFC’s two full backs switching sides.

The first action of the game saw Aaron Greene and Ben Robinson combine well down the left side, the former then having a shoot saved by Marsden. AFC then survived a scare when Ryan Henshaw, playing his last game before starting a three-match suspension, headed off the goal line.

Leiston 2 AFC Sudbury 1
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A Blake header was blocked and Francis shot also stopped as the home side pressed and earned a corner. From it Marcus Garnham made a great save tipping over a close range header from Finch, then he got involved punching away the subsequent corner.

Luke Callander was up front and he shot side after some good work from Greene. In central defence James Baker (pictured) was solid and cleared a Francis shot as the leaders looked to get in front. Greene, Robinson and Callander combined well with the result a curling effort from the Sudbury striker going wide.

The match official who had been very lenient to both sides with some tough tackles not receiving yellow cards did not relent when Greene pulled back Brown and also kicked the ball away.

Leiston always looked dangerous and Francis and Lawrence took advantage of a slip in the AFC defence and Baker had to be alert to get to the near post to block the latter's shot and concede a corner.

Adam Tann then was fortunate not to be booked as he clattered into the back of Lawrence.

Blake should have put the North Suffolk side in front when he was allowed a free header, but it went wide of the far post. There was then another chance for them to lead, but somehow Finch fluffed his lines with the goal gapping in front of him the ball going out off a defender. From the corner Garnham was again in action saving well from Bullard and the ball coming back again to rest in the keeper’s arms.

Leiston 0 AFC Sudbury 0

So level at the break and deservedly so the second period saw AFC fall behind seven minutes into it as Brothers out on the left crossed and the ball end in the back of the AFC net. It surely was not a shot but it was goal.

AFC replied, following a long throw from Jack Wilkinson Sam Bantick was allowed time to shoot but Marsden went down to save.

Just after the hour mark the lead was increased as Finch cut in from the right hand side and fired passed Garnham.

There was concern a few minutes later as Callander went down and stayed down. He limped off but returned a few minutes later.

Godbold made a triple substitution with Callander, Bantick and Robinson going off and Wales, Parker and Mallardo coming on. The changes saw a difference formation as AFC went three at the back and with Baker playing in his old position up front along side Wales

It was a move that was soon to pay off as James Baker struck home from close range to net his ninety-third goal for the club. The goal gave the visitors hope of salvaging a point, however Blake should have increased Leiston’s lead as he was allowed a free headed but it went wide.

Tann was booked for a tackle from behind as AFC looked to get level and in the final minutes they had a great chance to do so. Another long throw from Wilkinson on the left caused panic in the Leiston defence and the ball fell to Henshaw just outside the six-yard box, he got his boot to it but the ball flew over the bar.

The home side took the points but it was probably one of their hardest games of the season as they remained unbeaten.

Att 311


Key moments

Goal Ryan Henshaw scores for AFC Sudbury

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Leiston 2 AFC Sudbury 1
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Leiston 2 AFC Sudbury 1


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90:00 Yellow Card
Adam Tann is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
78:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ryan Henshaw scores for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub Off
Luke Callander is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub On
Liam Wales is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub Off
Ben Robinson is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub On
Ben Robinson is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
73:00 Sub On
Craig Parker is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
28:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Greene is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Leiston
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Aaron Greene Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Luke Callander Sub Off 73:00'
  • Liam Wales Sub On 73:00'
  • Ben Robinson Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ben Robinson Sub On 73:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 73:00'
  • Craig Parker Sub On 73:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Goal 78:00'
  • Adam Tann Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

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

League round up

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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