Our latest round-up of the youth football scene.
Witham Town 1
Long Melford 4
Melford put on an impressive away display and after being 2-0 up after eight minutes there could be little doubt over who would finish on top.
Tom Wingfield and James Irwin got the early goals and the standard remained high through to the second half with Joff, Anselmi and Richie Abbot linking well.
Witham pulled a goal back from a long range free-kick, but Melford responded when the impressive Jack Hubbard played in Will Wingfield for number three. Minutes later Wingfield made it a brace.
Lawshall/Cockfield Girls 15 Framlingham Town 0
In a very one-sided match Lawshall came out winners 15–0.
Sophie Jefferies led the way with eight goals, Ele Catchpole and Emily Morter both scored two, Emily Fisher scored from the penalty spot, and Suleika Horrocks scored her first for the club.
Credit must go to Framlingham who fought to the end.
Needham Market Phoenix 2 Long Melford 5
Melford can be pleased with this Suffolk Cup result, easily seeing off opposition a year older.
Needham took an early lead but Chilli Wolf equalised with a fabulous shot.
Tyler French scored from the spot and soon added another after meeting an accurate cross from Hemson.
Melford were in the driving seat and Luke Brown made it four, with Billy Miller keeping Needham out at the other end.
Melford continued to dominate in the second half and a thunderbolt header from Rob Pook was just reward for the defender’s hard work.
The match ended with a consolation goal for Needham.
Cornard Dynamos Blues 3 Brooklands 2
Dynamos nearly squandered an early lead, but determined play saw them through to the win.
Craig Doherty caused trouble for the Brooklands defence from the start and it wasn’t long before he was rewarded with the first goal of the game.
Ryan McNicholas shot from inside the box to make it two while Jack Housdon and Tommy Robinson also piled on the pressure.
The second half saw Dynamos let Brooklands back into the game but with the score level at 2-2 the defence of Thomas Baker, Adam Baxter, Jake Welch and Zak Johnson soaked up the pressure and refused to let them through again.
A cross from McNicholas found Doherty who slotted home the winning goal.
Player of the match: Craig Doherty.
AFC Sudbury 1
Whatever the scoreline says, AFC played well against their opponents, who had won their last match 17-0.
Sudbury opened the scoring on 24 minutes when Drew Olley sent in a good pass to Jack Cole.
Jack Purkiss had a fantastic game in goal and kept the scoreline down with numerous saves throughout the match.
Lakenheath equalised just before the half, and got into their stride in the second half to put four more away.
A tough game for Sudbury but they didn’t give up trying.
Players of the match: Jack Purkiss and Oscar Gammon.
Colchester Athletic 5
Long Melford 4
The goals came thick and fast in this encounter but unfortunately for Melford so did the injuries.
Colchester got in an early goal and although Aaron Pengelly managed to grab an equaliser he injured himself in the process.
Melford also lost key players Murray Lange and Alex Salter.
Josh Carter saved a good Athletic free-kick only to see the ball find an unmarked forward to score.
Melford managed to bring the scores level with a good shot from Liam Skipp.
The second half saw Melford go 5-2 down as they tried to push forward.
The last 15 minutes saw Pengelly and Lange rejoin the game and Melford scored two goals from Skipp and Lange.
Wivenhoe Town 2
Cornard Dynamos Blues 1
Cornard lost this match when they deserved at least a draw.
After an uneventful first half the second half was a much more open contest with both sides trying to break through.
A Luis Berkane throughball found Oliver Jacques in space to slot the ball past the home keeper to take the lead.
Alfie Kidman, in the Cornard goal, kept out a penalty but the equaliser came when a shot from the edge of the box found its way into the Cornard net.
Wivenhoe snatched all three points when a cross was headed in at the back post with minutes left.
Long Melford Colts 3
Honours were equally shared, but it could have been very different.
Melford soon got into their stride and controlled most of the first half, but despite creating a number of very good chances they just couldn’t score.
Four minutes into the second period Melford were awarded a penalty, which captain Bryn Gartland put away.
The visitors equalised five minutes later from a corner, before Gartland scored his second to restore Melford’s lead.
Wivenhoe came back from a free-kick and then went ahead from the penalty spot.
Melford rallied and with two minutes remaining, cool headed Deano Ablitt scored from a free-kick to tie the fixture.
Stowmarket Town Hornets 3 Sudbury AFC Falcons 1
The Hornets picked up the pace early in the game and took the lead scoring two goals in quick succession.
Joe Rogers worked the wing well but Sudbury struggled to break through the Hornets defence.
A corner from Jack Dyble was picked up by Eloise King to bring the Falcons back into the game.
The second half saw Falcons goalie James McGregor put under pressure and earn his player-of-the-match award with two great saves before the home side netted another to seal their win.
Player of the match: James McGregor.
Cornard Dynamos Blues 2 Boadicea Dynamos 0
Cornard got into their stride in the second half and got their just reward.
Jake Brace and Scarlet Copping worked hard in midfield to drive the game forward early on.
A stunning brave save from Archie Ingram in goal and solid defending by Josh Stewart, Wilf Wilde and Nathan McNicholas kept the score 0-0 at half-time.
Josh Barker scored a great first goal for Cornard and Harrison Brown was unlucky not get the second.
Cornard were dominating and their second goal was a powerful shot from Ethan Mills that went under the keeper’s legs.
Boadicea didn’t give up and Harry Scholfield had to made some strong tackles in defence to keep the score at 2-0.
Player of the match: Josh Baker.
AFC Sudbury 2
Stowupland Falcons Blues 1
AFC owed their success to a fantastic all-round performance, especially from their solid backline.
Ben Munson and Charlie Mathews worked well together with keeper Max Selfridge mopping up anything they missed.
Persistence paid off as Liam Gardiner punted the first goal past the keeper after good build-up play by the team.
Stowupland pulled one back but AFC kept their heads up.
A good flow of passing saw Trent New move down the wing and put a great cross from the left into the goal to seal the win.
Lexden Saints Reds 0
Gt Cornard Dynamos Reds 3
Cornard finished convincing 3-0 winners despite having only six players from the start.
Cornard dominated throughout the match with some fluid play from Callum Scott, Leon Warner and Maxi Webster-Coles, creating numerous chances for Cornard to score.
Cornard broke through the Lexden defence in the second half with Scott setting up Josh Ambrose to score Cornard’s first goal and two more goals followed from Jack Ingram and Lewi Davis.
Lexden looked sharp on the counter-attack in the latter stages but could not break down Cornard who should be really pleased with their strong performance on the day.
Lexden Saints Blues 0
Cornard Dynamos Blues 2
In what was an uncompromising clash, Dynamos recorded their fourth straight win.
In the face of some robust challenges from the home side, Dynamos began slowly, Lexden having three long distance efforts, all well saved by Ben Mallison in the Dynamos goal.
At the other end Harvey Clare and Lewis Bowen both went close.
The breakthrough came in the second half when an astute pass from Thomas Gee set Lewis Bowen free to score from the edge of the box.
Shortly after, Kai McKnight wrapped up the points with a well-taken left-footed cross-cum-shot. and Alfie Haygreen hit the post with virtually the last kick of the match.
n A practice session for girls aged nine and 10 is being held at The MEL Group Stadium, Sudbury on Saturday, 9am to 10am, with a view to forming an under-11s team. Players should bring shin pads and a drink. For more information contact AFC Grassroots head coach Tony New on 07989 554976.