Witham Town v AFC Sudbury
This season sees the development of the AFC U21 side who will play in the Ryman U21 League North. AFC kicked off their season away at Witham Town on Wednesday 24th after the home game was reversed to an away fixture a few days before.
A young AFC side, most of whom are regulars for the U18 side, went down to Witham intrigued to gauge the level the U21 league would be. Twenty minutes into the game Witham took the lead through a bright attack down their left and a shot into the bottom corner. With not much in the game at this stage it was no more than AFC deserved when Wayne Blackman latched onto a through ball and neatly lobbed the goalkeeper to equalise. The last five minutes of the first half would change the course of this opener, when first on 42 mins Witham went back in front and then only a minute later scored a carbon copy goal to send AFC in at the break 3-1 down.
The second period would show better signs and although Witham scored again on 55 mins, this was followed by a twenty minute spell of much better and more composed football from AFC, in which James Baughurst, Wayne Blackman and Ryan McNicholas all had good chances to score from neat build up play, but none took their opportunity. Blackman then had a second goal disallowed which proved to be both important and detrimental. The last five minutes saw a tiring AFC side concede two more goals, both from distance, to compound a disappointing opening night, but as a learning process - an invaluable lesson learnt.
AFC U21s next travel to Thamesmead Town on Tuesday 30th before the first home game of the campaign on September 16th v Brightlingsea Regent where the players would welcome all your support.