DIVISION ONE NORTH
AFC Sudbury 3
New AFC Sudbury boss David Batch celebrated his first competitive game with a deserved victory at relegated Thurrock on Saturday.
After a bright start, the early AFC pressure paid off as they broke the deadlock with a fine goal after 17 minutes when Thompson scored with an angled shot after good work by Dave Cowley and James Baker.
It looked as though this goal would give AFC a half-time lead, but in first-half stoppage time Thurrock, who had rarely threatened, equalised when Smith’s cross from the right found Joel Nouble unmarked and he netted from close range to send the sides in at the break on level terms.
Defences dominated for long periods in the second half, but the longer the match went on the more threatening AFC looked and they regained the lead after 72 minutes following another fine move.
Cowley’s cross was headed down by Thompson into the path of substitute Jamie Forshaw, who finished clinically.
The lively Thompson had a volley tipped over before AFC sealed a deserved victory with a third goal seven minutes from time when Shinn’s right-wing corner was powerfully headed home by defender Scott Mitchell, who had been a rock in the rear guard.
AFC: Archer, N’Cho, Fox, Shinn, Mitchell, Lewis, Speller (Swatman 90+2), Daniels, Baker (Forshaw 57), Thompson, Cowley (Henshaw 85). Unused subs: Cutts and Heath.
Free Press man of the match: Scott Mitchell.