Ipswich Eagles 2
AFC Sudbury 8
DAN Livens opened the scoring with his first at the near post.
AFC’s second came on 15 minutes, when a well-floated free-kick from Stephen Pettit was met equally well by Livens, who headed home.
Livens got his hat-trick on 30 minutes, with a throughball from Jordan Bailey in midfield.
A barrage of pressure from Ipswich forced corners, but Febin Varghese in goal pulled off a fantastic double save to keep the ball out.
Ipswich pulled a goal back, but Livens made it 4-1 at the break.
The second half saw Ipswich start the stronger, and they netted again.
Jordan Bailey got on the score sheet with a wonderful individual effort and well taken goal.
Good work from Gino Debono assisted Livens to his double hat-trick plus one.
Player of the match: Dan Livens
AFC Sudbury 9
Clacton United 2
AFC were ahead after a minute when Sam Bayliss headed in a Harry Fryer long throw.
Richie Abbot completed some nice attacking play, which started from keeper Jamie Williams, for number two.
Bayliss was brought down in the box and Tom Wingfield scored the resulting penalty.
Further goals came from Abbott and Charlie Poole, but Charlie Austin’s effort was saved.
The second half kicked off with Poole getting his second before Clacton scored with a good finish.
AFC responded when a Harry Craig quick throw was taken down by Wingfield who drove powerfully from distance to finish.
Poole completed his hat-trick and Bayliss scored his second.
Halstead Town Reds 2
AFC Sudbury 1
AFC were on the backfoot from the outset. Bradley Youngs, Tom Irwin and Lewis Kindell all had chances but could not find the net, a problem Halstead did not have as they took the lead.
AFC’s passing was great to see as Youngs passed back to Jordan Brown, to Liam O’Mara, who put through Kindell to fire a shot inches wide of the post.
On 32 minutes, Sam Daw let fly with a 30-yard shot, over the keeper’s head and into the back of net.
Within a minute of the restart, O’Mara put through Alex Curran, but his shot was smothered by the Halstead keeper.
Again Halstead were strong on the attack and picked up the winning goal.
Player of the match: Jordan Brown
Lawshall Girls 7
Witnesham Hornets Girls 0
THE Hornets, despite being understrength, battled resiliently, keeping the first half score down to 3-0 to Lawshall.
Sophie Jefferys scored two and Sophie Pink the third.
Early in the second half, Jefferys completed her hat-trick and then went on to score two more.
Ele Catchpole scored in between Jeffreys’ fourth and fifth, making the final score 7-0.
Cornard Dynamos Blues 4
Great Bentley 0
DYNAMOS controlled this game from the start with the midfield of Joe Copping, Bradley Beevis-Buchannon and Ryan McNicholas keeping possession of the ball.
A great pass from Josh Bowles found Sam Mills, who scored to make it 1-0.
Jamie Ward was unlucky not to score with a long-range shot. The second came not long after with a fine left-footed strike from McNicholas.
Great Bentley continued to try to break through the Cornard defence, but Jake Welsh and Adam Baxter were too strong and organised to be beaten.
The second half saw Dynamos play some fantastic passing football with a well-deserved second goal for Mills.
Thomas Baker worked hard down the left wing all game. A succession of good passes ended with Josh Palmer scoring Dynamos’ fourth.
Player of the match: Thomas Baker
Long Melford 5
Frinton & Walton 2
MELFORD took the lead through a quick reacting Tom Gibson.
Tyler French scored number two after a keeper fumble. Melford were slow to clear and the visitors pulled one back.
The second half saw Chilli Wolf and Jack Housden work well in midfield.
Frinton were quick to counterattack but Calum Hemson and Arlen Crawley-Smart were solid in defence.
Melford won a free-kick and French got on the end of it to head the ball home.
Back came Frinton with a long shot giving keeper Billy Miller no chance.
After a succession of accurate Henry Day corners and a goalmouth scramble, the ball went in off a Frinton defender.
Adam Crawford and French combined well on the right and forced more corners. Following a fabulous corner kick from Day, Tyler Beer was on hand to strike home.
Colchester Villa Blues 2
Long Melford 2
COLCHESTER scored the opening goal from a deflected pass. Melford’s play did not deserve them going behind and two minutes later Murray Lange cleverly played the ball to the advancing George Shaddock, who hit the ball first time into the top of the goal.
Villa regained the lead when a long ball found a way though the Melford defence.
Melford passed the ball well and were rewarded when Alex Salter managed to shoot over the keeper to level the score.
The second half saw Melford take control and with real determination they had Villa on the back foot for the rest of the game.
Melford had numerous chances and only timely tackles and some wonderful saves prevented them taking the lead.
Harwich & Parkeston 1
AFC Sudbury 8
THIS was another good away win for Sudbury.
Drew Olley got the first in five minutes and his second 10 minutes later, both set up by Oscar Gammon.
Harwich got one back and Sudbury’s defence had to work hard to avoid the equaliser.
Ryan Head set up a long ball from defence, a couple more passes later and Olley got his hat-trick.
Both Harwich and Sudbury had one off the woodwork, but Kade Ivatt managed to get the fourth just before the break.
Sudbury started slowly but a fine ball from Jamie Richford set up Jack Cole for the sixth. Drew Olley converted Alex Iveson’s free-kick for the seventh and Jack Cole put Alex Iveson’s corner in for number eight.
Player of the match: Ryan Head
Colchester Villa Reds 1
Long Melford Colts 3
AN improved performance from Melford saw them control most of the game. Freddie McCracken scored first for Melford on 13 minutes, and shortly afterwards Joe Foster netted his first of the season from a scramble after a corner.
Any attack Villa did muster was capably dealt with by an assured Melford defensive line.
Soon after the interval, the home side pulled a goal back.
Melford’s supremacy was reasserted, and McCracken tried his luck with a shot on the by-line, which squeezed into the goal for his second and Melford’s third.
There were markedly-improved performances from Deano Abblitt and Reece Binstead.
Wivenhoe Blues 0 AFC Sudbury Blues 2
DEFENDERS Oscar Edwards and Alfie Gittings had to do some early work, and keeper James McGregor made a great save.
James Lavelle and Cory Willings both had chances go wide, but Sudbury continued to control the play with some great work between Jack Dyble and Eloise King.
Dyble got the first goal of the game from a Willings cross, which he blasted into the back of the net.
Wivenhoe attacked in earnest in the second half, with AFC’s defence ensuring they did not get the chance to score.
After a Wivenhoe goal kick the ball was picked up by Lavelle, passed onto Willings who saw King was well placed to receive the pass, and King slotted the ball home in great style.
Player of the match: Alfie Gittings
Wivenhoe Reds 2
AFC Sudbury Reds 1
A POWERFUL strike from the halfway line by Wivenhoe saw the ball fly into the back of the net, despite the efforts of George Codling, who could not get his hands to it.
Jacob Gilbert, Adam Jeggo and Josh Wood had some great runs, but struggled against the Wivenhoe defence.
With Thomas Drayton and Peter Shipley being pressured Ben Cox helped out and took the ball down the line with a great long run but was forced out by Wivenhoe.
Sudbury came out fired up after the break.
A good ball from Gilbert to Jeggo saw Gilbert get the chance to run on. Jeggo passed it back to Gilbert who took the shot and saw the ball hit the back of the net.
Wivenhoe retook the lead, and despite efforts by Jeggo and Gilbert AFC did not find the equaliser.
Player of the match: Ben Cox