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AFC Sudbury
Canvey Island
R Harris (11', 57'), L Bennett (39')
Full time
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 235

AFC Sudbury 3-0 Canvey Island


Wasteful Gulls Heavily Beaten

Canvey Island were comprehensively beaten by AFC Sudbury on Saturday, losing 3-0 at The MEL Group Stadium in the Bostik North.

With captain James White injured, Jordan Brown took over the responsibility of wearing the armband. Jose Figura returned from an injury of his own to take White’s place in central midfield, with Kane Gilbert and Josh Hutchinson also coming for Adam Vyse and Marlon Agyakwa.

Canvey were playing against a strong wind in the first half and fell behind after only 11 minutes. Defender Ross Crane shot from just inside the box on the left, dragging a low shot across goal which was heading wide. However, while the Canvey defence were static, forward Reece Harris sensed an opportunity and sole in at the back post to fire high into the net from close range.

On 25 minutes a ball in from the right released diminutive forward Callum Harrison in behind the Canvey defence. However, just as the pacey attacker was about to enter the area, Adetayo Osifuwa got back and used his body to see the ball roll through to Harry Palmer. The home support were calling for a foul which would have resulted in a red card for Osifuwa, but the referee deemed the challenge to be a fair one.

The hosts had two great chances to extend their lead in the 28th minute, both involving Tom Maycock. Firstly the winger played a delightful back heel to Isaac Skubich inside the area, but his goalbound shot was brilliantly blocked by Jordan Brown.

The danger wasn’t over as Sudbury retained possession and Maycock delivered a low cross from the left which found Ross Crane unmarked, but the left back leant back and sent his first time shot well over the bar.

The lead was doubled six minutes before half time when right back Liam Bennett got forwards following a free kick. Bennett received possession just inside the box, advancing towards goal before placing an accurate low shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

It was 3-0 12 minutes into the second half when a simple through ball released Reece Harris in behind the Canvey defence who were very high up the pitch. Harris had acres of space to run into, making his way to the edge of the box unopposed before curling a low effort past Harry Palmer which kissed the post on its way in.

Canvey started to create some chances of their own, but it was very much too little too late from the Gulls.

On 58 minutes Martin Tuohy chipped a ball from the touchline back for Kane Gilbert to strike on the volley, but his shot took a deflection and went behind for a corner. Martin Tuohy got his head to the subsequent corner and forced a superb save from goalkeeper Paul Walker, but the goal wouldn’t have counted as Tuohy had pushed his marker.

Two minutes later Tuohy sent over an excellent cross from the right which found Josh Hutchinson unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box, but with the goal at his mercy the winger glanced his stooping header across goal and wide of the upright.

The through ball caused Canvey problems once again on 68 minutes when Ross Crane found the gap and played Tom Maycock in on goal. However, Maycock’s low shot was straight at Harry Palmer who saved having spotted the danger and come off his line.

The Gulls proceeded to create a string of excellent chances in the final 20 minutes, none of which they were able to convert.

On 73 minutes Kane Gilbert laid possession off to Sam Dulieu who had overlapped him on the right wing. Dulieu chipped a cross into the middle of the area and found Josh Hutchinson who rose and sent a downwards header towards goal, although Paul Walker did well to drop down and produce a good save.

The came even closer three minutes from time when Sam Collins struck a long-range effort with his left foot. The shot took a deflection and looked destined for the bottom corner, but Paul Walker preserved his clean sheet with an excellent low save diving low to his left.

Martin Tuohy then had a great chance as the match entered the 90th minute after substitute Frankie Stone found him with a cross from the left, but his shot from close range was saved by the legs of Walker.

Canvey’s misery was compounded in injury time when Frankie Merrifield was played clean through on goal in injury time, but his shot from 20 yards was straight at Walker who produced yet another save.

Key moments

Goal Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Liam Bennett scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury


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90:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Blackwell is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
81:00 Sub Off
Ben Hammett is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
81:00 Sub On
Adam Hanson is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
77:00 Sub On
Frankie Stone is substituted on for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub Off
Josh Hutchinson is substituted off for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub Off
Isaac Skubich is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
77:00 Sub On
Phil Kelly is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
74:00 Sub Off
Tom Maycock is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
74:00 Sub On
Jordan Blackwell is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
57:00 Goal 3 - 0
Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
45:00 Sub On
Sam Dulieu is substituted on for Canvey Island
45:00 Sub Off
Adetayo Osifuwa is substituted off for Canvey Island
End of period 1
42:00 Sub Off
Adeyinka Cole is substituted off for Canvey Island
42:00 Sub On
Ryan Melaugh is substituted on for Canvey Island
39:00 Goal 2 - 0
Liam Bennett scores for AFC Sudbury
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • AFC Sudbury
  • Canvey Island
  • 0
  • Reece Harris Goal 11:00'
  • Liam Bennett Goal 39:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Sub Off 42:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub On 42:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Sub On 45:00'
  • Adetayo Osifuwa Sub Off 45:00'
  • Reece Harris Goal 57:00'
  • Tom Maycock Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jordan Blackwell Sub On 74:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub Off 77:00'
  • Frankie Stone Sub On 77:00'
  • Isaac Skubich Sub Off 77:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub On 77:00'
  • Adam Hanson Sub On 81:00'
  • Ben Hammett Sub Off 81:00'
  • Jordan Blackwell Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

AFC Sudbury
  • 1. Paul Walker
  • 2. Liam Bennett
  • 3. Ross Crane
  • 4. Ben Hammett
  • 5. Baris Altintop
  • 6. Paul Hayes
  • 7. Ben Hunter
  • 8. Isaac Skubich
  • 9. Reece Harris
  • 10. Callum Harrison
  • 11. Tom Maycock
  • 12. Phil Kelly
  • 13. Jordan Blackwell
  • 14. Adam Hanson
  • 15. Joe Whight
  • 16. Billy Holland

League round up

Other North Division results

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Brentwood Town
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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