Under-15s pull back after first-half slip

AFC Sudbury Under-15s 5 Brandon Lads 1

THIS was the second meeting between the two sides in only three days, and AFC’s fourth game in nine days.

The opening period saw AFC play some neat football, which lacked an end product. Brandon took the lead from a corner, which should have been dealt with.

AFC kept playing some neat football, with Harry Liskus using the ball well and feeding Sam Bayliss, who tested the Brandon keeper. AFC pulled level when a Charlie Austin near-post corner saw Tom Wingfield head home.

The second half saw AFC on the attack, and after Harry Craig won the ball, Richie Abbot flicked over the defender for Josh Welsford to volley home. AFC keeper Jamie Williams made a good stop and his quick ball out saw AFC on the attack again.

Another Austin corner saw Wingfield head home to extended the lead.

Shortly after, Bayliss was brought down and Wingfield rolled the penalty home for his hat-trick. The goal of the game was reserved for Liskus as he controlled a high ball with ease to hammer home from 18 yards.

A good second-half display from the players, who could be pleased with their efforts.

AFC Sudbury Under-10s Blues 2 Cornard Dynamos 0

THIS local derby saw Cornard start strongly, and keeper James McGregor was called on early. Jack Dyble got stuck in from the off. Oscar Edwards played well in midfield, both attacking and defending, and Cory Willings won some strong challenges at the back.

Dynamos made a blistering attack, forcing man-of-the-match McGregor to make an outstanding save. Eloise King was working well with Willings, and James Lavelle saw a shot go wide, and a further shot saved.

In a rain-soaked second half, Toby Mattock was strong at the back. The visitors pushed hard and a scramble in the box saw three shots stopped. Sudbury then started to dominate the play with Mattock and Willings pushing the ball up to Edwards, King and Lavelle, and after some great play Lavelle put Sudbury in the lead.

Within minutes, a strike from King put AFC firmly in control, and they were deserving winners in a highly-charged game.

AFC Sudbury Under-10s Reds 1 Cornard Dynamos 0

WITH local bragging rights up for grabs this was always going to be a hotly-contested derby game.

Cornard had the early pressure, only to be kept out by the dominant Jake Gilbert. Man-of-the-match Ben Cox made a great runs down the wing. Great play by Alf Powell and Alex Woodward led to a scramble in the Cornard area with Cox just unable to get a shot in. Peter Shipley cleared well for AFC and the resulting corner was well saved by Theo Kurtz.

Cornard blazed a chance over the bar before AFC broke, and a slick Powell pass found Woodward, who flicked the ball into the roof of the net.

Kurtz was called into action just before half-time, making a good save from a long-range shot.

With Adam Jeggo solid as a rock and Powell dominant in midfield AFC were looking good, and again great link play saw Jeggo, Powell and Cox break, but they were denied by a last-ditch tackle.

A good move by Shipley and Powell put Jeggo clean through, but his rasping shot was well saved.

Powell had a couple of shots saved, and Woods’ effort was just off target.

As time ran out, Cornard made a final effort to break down a resolute defence, but Gilbert and Shipley stood firm.