AFC Sudbury put an early marker down to their Ryman League Division One North rivals after kicking off the new campaign in style with a 5-2 win over Romford.
With a new state of the art 3G pitch in place at the Wardale Williams Stadium, The Yellows put on a performance to match their new facilities with a devastating first half period to all but put the result beyond doubt.
After a somewhat shaky start, Sudbury broke the deadlock after eight minutes as Craig Parker headed home from eight yards before 11 minutes later Sam Clark stooped to head in Ben Robinson’s inch perfect cross and double the advantage.
That pressure continued with the Yellows making it three in the 27th minute as Luke Callander raced onto Robinson’s long ball to slip the ball past Romford keeper Aaron Omand before Jordan Blkackwell added a fourth before the break, curling home brilliantly from the left hand side of the area.
The visitors gave themselves a glimmer of hope immediately after the restart as Joe Bricknell bundled in at the far post but the four-goal advantage was restored in the 67th minute when Callander spun and curled in from inside the area to double his tally.
Bricknell then did likewise from the spot with the last kick of the game after Ollie Berquez upended Greg Akpele, but it could not take the shine off a fine opening weekend for AFC.