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Canvey Island
AFC Sudbury
Full time
R Harris (18'), T Monk (24')
Sat 17 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 214

Canvey Island 0-2 AFC Sudbury


Defensive Nightmare For Gulls

Canvey Island turned in a poor performance to lose 2-0 to AFC Sudbury at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday in the Bostik North.

Manager Mark Bentley made four changes from the side that were beaten 2-1 away to Heybridge Swifts a week earlier. Debuts were handed to new signings Adam Vyse and Jaedon Phillips, while Marlon Agyakwa and Josh Hutchinson were recalled.

Jordan Cox, Ryan Melaugh, Jack Simmons and Jose Figura were the men to drop out of the starting XI, the latter being held up in traffic on the A13.

The first chance of the afternoon went to the visitors on 12 minutes when they were awarded a free kick out on the right wing. Tom Munk swung in a delivery which missed everyone but hit the top of the crossbar.

Canvey should have opened the scoring four minutes later when Josh Hutchinson pulled the ball back from the touchline on the left and square from Frankie Merrifield. He shot first time from ten yards but put his effort the wrong side of the post.

AFC Sudbury took the lead soon afterwards when a swift counter attack saw the ball played across the box from the right and find the run of Reece Harris. The winger had not been picked up and put his laces through a right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 six minutes later when James White fell over inside the area whilst in possession. Callum Harrison picked up the loose ball and slid it in for Tom Monk to score on his debut for the Suffolk-based side.

Adam Vyse came close to opening his account for the club on 58 minutes when he stretched to get his head on a right wing cross from Marlon Agyakwa at the back post. Vyse managed to loop the ball over the keeper but his shot was cleared off the line, with Jaedon Phillips’ follow up effort deflecting wide for a corner.

There were more chances for Canvey soon after, with George Allen having a header saved from a Marlon Agyakwa cross on 63 minutes.

A minute later a ball from deep on the left by James White found Adam Vyse on the edge of the box, but his left-footed volley flew inches over the crossbar.

Canvey threw bodies forward in search of a way back into the match in the latter stages, but the best chances fell to the visitors.

On 86 minutes Ben Hunter turned a defender and got his head down, running to the edge of the box and shooting low towards the bottom corner which Harry Palmer did well to save diving low to his right.

Substitute Liam Bennett then had a shot from a similar position having cut in from the right, this time forcing Palmer to fling himself in the opposition direction to keep the ball out.

Key moments

Goal Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Thomas Monk scores for AFC Sudbury


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77:00 Sub Off
Phil Kelly is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
77:00 Sub On
Liam Bennett is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
75:00 Sub Off
Jaedon Phillips is substituted off for Canvey Island
75:00 Sub Off
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted off for Canvey Island
75:00 Sub On
Jack Simmons is substituted on for Canvey Island
75:00 Sub On
Ryan Melaugh is substituted on for Canvey Island
69:00 Sub Off
Callum Harrison is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
69:00 Sub On
Thomas Dettmar is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
65:00 Sub On
Paul Hayes is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
65:00 Sub Off
Thomas Monk is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
55:00 Yellow Card
George Allen is yellow carded for Canvey Island
53:00 Sub Off
Jake Jolliffe is substituted off for Canvey Island
53:00 Sub On
Jose Figura is substituted on for Canvey Island
End of period 1
25:00 Yellow Card
Darryl Coakley is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Thomas Monk scores for AFC Sudbury
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • Reece Harris Goal 18:00'
  • Thomas Monk Goal 24:00'
  • Darryl Coakley Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Jake Jolliffe Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jose Figura Sub On 53:00'
  • George Allen Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Paul Hayes Sub On 65:00'
  • Thomas Monk Sub Off 65:00'
  • Thomas Dettmar Sub On 69:00'
  • Callum Harrison Sub Off 69:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jaedon Phillips Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jack Simmons Sub On 75:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub On 75:00'
  • Liam Bennett Sub On 77:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub Off 77:00'

Team selection

AFC Sudbury
  • 1. Paul Walker
  • 2. Baris Altintop
  • 3. Darryl Coakley
  • 4. Billy Holland
  • 5. Tyler French
  • 6. Joe Whight
  • 7. Thomas Monk
  • 8. Ben Hunter
  • 9. Phil Kelly
  • 10. Callum Harrison
  • 11. Reece Harris
  • 12. Paul Hayes
  • 13. Thomas Dettmar
  • 14. Liam Bennett
  • 15. Kane Munday

League round up

Other North Division results

Brentwood Town
Bowers & Pitsea
Coggeshall Town
Dereham Town
Heybridge Swifts
Mildenhall Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Grays Athletic 38 53
8. AFC Sudbury 38 52
9. Canvey Island 38 51
10. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 50
11. Tilbury 38 49
12. Barking 38 47
13. Brentwood Town 38 45


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