Our latest round-up of the youth football scene in the Sudbury area.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
Cornard Dynamos Reds 3 Colchester Villa Reds 1
Dynamos started the new year with an impressive 3-1 win and an inspired hat-trick from Jack Ingram.
The first half was closely contested and saw an impressive long range opener from Ingram give the home side an early lead.
However, Villa fought hard to score from a goalmouth scramble to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Cornard looked the more lively of the two teams in the second half with Josh Ambrose setting up Ingram’s second with a pin-point cross from the left.
Ingram secured his hat-trick and the home win with a well finished third goal to secure all three points for Cornard.
Cornard Dynamos Reds 2 Tempest FC 1
Although the scoreline was close, Dynamos dominated the game and should have won more comfortably, in what was probably their best performance of the season.
Despite Dynamos’ superiority, Tempest led 1-0 at half-time but Dynamos didn’t panic and continued to play good football in the second half.
George Dennis rifled in the equaliser from the edge of the box and player-of-the-match Tyler Baker scored Dynamos’ second, finding the top corner from the edge of the box.
They continued to lay siege to the Tempest goal but were unable to add to their tally.
Colchester Athletic Blues 1 Cornard Dynamos Reds 1
Dynamos couldn’t score the winner their display deserved at Colchester Athletic Blues.
After a slowl start they were indebted to some excellent defending before they began to respond with some fine moves down both flanks, with the impressive Harry Stevens pulling the strings.
After falling behind to a fine strike in the second half, Dynamos got on top and Jordan Martin equalised with a composed finish with their being no further goals.
Player of the match: Harry Stevens
Holland-On-Sea Blues 8 Long Melford Colts 1
Melford were convincingly beaten by higher league opposition in this first round Colchester Open Cup match.
They defended very well for the first 20 minutes of the game, trying to catch Holland on the break, and had some decent chances playing the long ball to lone striker Freddie McCracken.
Unfortunately the Colts couldn’t maintain that level of performance and Holland scored three times in three minutes.
Heads dropped, and Holland scored twice more to go into the interval 5-0 ahead.
Melford played better in the second half with Zinzan Forster scoring a consolation goal for the Colts, but Holland scored three times in the second period.
CFC Bury Royals 5 Sudbury AFC Falcons 0
Sudbury worked hard for little reward in their first game after the Christmas break.
Goalie James McGregor was called upon early to stop the home team scoring while Jack Dyble crossed a great ball to Alfie Gittings who was denied by a quick Royals keeper.
Cory Willings and Joe Rogers both worked hard to keep the home team at bay but two quick goals got through.
Royals took advantage of AFC having no substitutes and managed to bag three goals before the second half drew to a close.
Player of the match: Joe Rogers
Honington Foxes Blacks 1 AFC Sudbury 1
Sudbury held their nearest rivals to a draw to hold their place at the top of the league.
AFC pressed hard from the start on a very foggy day away at second-placed Honington but the hosts fought back with some good football and got to the break 1-0 up, despite Sudbury having most of the possession and the defence and midfield passing well.
Sudbury started the second half again with most of the chances with the Honington defence breached when Taane Forster made a great individual run, composed himself and placed in to the back of the net.
The result means Sudbury have now played 11 games undefeated.
Cornard Dynamos Blues 1 Colchester Villa Blues 1
Playing with the bare minimum of seven players, Dynamos ended up with a disappointing draw.
The game began in a scrappy fashion with a strong run from Harvey Clare resulting Alfie Haygreen firing Dynamos ahead midway through the first half.
Ben Mallinson saved bravely at the feet of an on-rushing forward as the half drew to a close.
The second half was a disappointing affair for the home side, Villa getting a late equaliser.
<n> AFC U11s need players for the current season. Any boys or girls who would like to finish this season playing for Sudbury can contact manager Graham Wood on 07957 581203 or Chris King on 07720 939238. Training takes place Saturday mornings, 9am to 10.45am.
<n> Free football trials linked to Colchester United Academy are being held at the Cornard Sports Centre astroturf in Head Lane this Friday. Trials start at 6pm for 7-10 year olds and 7pm for 11-14 year olds. For more details, call TJ Soccer Schools’ Tony Ashby on 07791 662819.