AFC Sudbury lost their unbeaten record on Monday night as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at Aveley.
The Yellows had won their opening two games of the season, 5-1 at Cray Wanderers and 1-0 at home to Wroxham before being held to a 3-3 draw with Thamesmead Town at the Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday after a stoppage-time equaliser.
But manager David Batch’s first game back in the dugout after a vacation was one to forget on Monday as Aveley ran out comfortable winners.
The home side went ahead after 15 minutes when they were able to break through the AFC defence and Teddy Nesbitt was on hand to tap in.
They held a 2-0 advantage at the break after Petrit Elbi scored just after the half-hour mark.
Sudbury were unable to pull a goal back after the break and Aveley completed the scoring with a third, Nesbitt’s second of the game, in the 90th minute.
The match saw striker Ollie Hughes play his last game before going abroad to teach, while new signing Kris Newby, having completed a three-match suspension, came on for his competitive debut.
* For reaction and full report to Monday’s defeat, as well as a preview to the weekend’s games, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.