AFC slump to joint-worst ever defeat in Hampshire
Havant & Waterlooville 6
AFC Sudbury 0
AFC Sudbury remain in the Ryman League Premier Division relegation zone after suffering a 6-0 defeat at new leaders Havant & Waterlooville.
Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold’s hand was again forced by injury over his team selection, as captain Sam Clarke was not fit enough to make the squad and Ryan Henshaw was only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Rob Eagle was also missing with an ankle problem, but Aidan Austin and Craig Parker were both starters for the first time after their recent injuries.
AFC were only a goal down at the interval, as Ryan Woodford found the target three minutes before the break to give the hosts a narrow advantage.
But the Hampshire side turned the screw in the second period, adding another five goals to run out comfortable winners.
Bradley Tarbuck made it 2-0 on 50 minutes, before Theo Lewis struck Havant’s third just before the hour mark to put them further ahead.
Tarbuck then completed his hat-trick with goals in the 71st and 76th minutes, the second of those from the penalty spot, before Alfie Rutherford completed the scoring two minutes from time.
The 6-0 loss equals AFC’s worst ever league defeat, that was a 6-0 reverse away at Grays Athletic in January 2013.
n Elsewhere, there was heartache for a young AFC Sudbury Reserves side in the quarter-finals of the Suffolk FA Senior Cup, as they lost to Crane Sports on penalties.
A couple of good saves from AFC goalkeeper Luca Collins kept his side level at the break.
The second half saw Sudbury play by far the better football, but after 90 minutes it was still goalless.
Crane Sports were reduced to 10 men in extra time, with AFC then taking the lead through Callum Fuller.
After another Cranes player was sent off it appeared all over, but a long free-kick from the hosts was not dealt with and the equaliser came.
The young AFC boys came off second best in the penalty shootout, but they can be proud of their performance.
n AFC Sudbury Ladies were beaten 3-2 at home by Eastern Region Women’s League Premier Division leaders Bedford at the weekend.
Goals from Stacey Teager and Mia Etheridge helped AFC come back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, before the visitors struck twice to regain a lead which they did not let slip.
n Week 46 winners of the AFC Gold fundraiser are as follows: 1st £100 (209) Chris & Andy Cutters, Gaol Lane, Sudbury; 2nd £10 (171) A Cocksedge, Constitution Hill, Sudbury; 3rd £10 (169) K Bloomfield, Bridport Ave, Ipswich.