AFC Sudbury v Brightlingsea Regent
On the back of a really good win two weeks before, AFC's U21s had their first home game of the season on Friday night against local rivals Brightlingsea Regent.
With first team coach Matt Hanniver, Goalkeeper Callum Robinson and Full Back Ben Robinson in the side, the young AFC side had some experience along side them to guide them through. The first half saw AFC dominate possession and a patient build-up style of play had AFC in command of the ball for long periods. The possession inevitably turned into a goal on 34 minutes when Wayne Blackman coolly finished a nice passing move for his second goal in three games at this level. At this stage the visitors were struggling to compete as AFC passed the ball really well. Half time 1-0.
In the early stages of the second half it was clear that Brightlingsea had changed their formation in a bid to counter act the dominant full back play from Tyler French and Ben Robinson. For 20 minutes this caused some problems and on 64 mins Brightlingsea got the equaliser that looked like it had been coming. AFC re-grouped and got back to playing their own game and, after a couple of positional substitutions were made, regained the momentum in the match and began passing the ball dangerously again. Ben Robinson had been a threat from right back all evening and it was nothing more than he deserved when he fired in an angled shot on 83 minutes, which proved to be the winning goal.
That's back to back wins for the U21s but with Tuesday night's game v Harlow Town now postponed, there is a two week gap before they are back in action.
Reported by Matt Clarke