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AFC Sudbury - Match centre

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

impressive debut for Tom Monk and three point for AFC


Bitter wind does not stop AFC claiming all three points on the Island

With a bitterly cold wind coming in from the Thames River AFC Sudbury scored two first half goals to secure all three points, Darren Theobald reports from Canvey Island.

With newly signed Tom Monk in the starting XI, AFC Sudbury started the match kicking towards the large terrace behind the goal. Sudbury had the first attempts with Callum Harrison firing towards goal, only just slightly too high and a free kick clipping the crossbar. Canvey then had some efforts, the no.10, who should have scored sees his header go wide. But it was on 18 minutes when Sudbury took the lead, new signing Tom Monk sprinting powerfully down the right wing, looks up and pulls the ball back to Reece Harris who made no mistake firing a thunderbolt into the bottom corner.

It only took a further 6 minutes for Sudbury to double their lead, this time the ball was gifted to Harrison on the edge of the area by Canvey defender James White as he slipped, Harrison calmly lays the ball off to Monk who makes no mistakes gently slipping the ball past the keeper, 2-0 what a debut! It was then mostly AFC for the remainder of the half, several shots from Phil Kelly, but nothing to really trouble their keeper.

Onto the second half and it looked like Sudbury had been given the brief “do not concede” as they defended solidly as Canvey pushed to get back into the match, Paul Walker in the Sudbury goal was in fine form and proved hard to beat today, in fact the only time he did get beat, Tyler French was there to clear the ball off the line. Daryl Coakley for Sudbury was unlucky not to make it three when his shot inside the area was just wide and young sixteen year old Liam Bennet, who replaced Kelly, with the best Sudbury effort of the half forcing a great save from the keeper who tipped it round the post.

A very solid team performance and impressive debut from Tom Monk. Let’s hope he makes a habit of scoring plenty of goals.

Next up is a home match on Tuesday against Brentwood Town with a 7:45pm KO.

Key moments

Goal Reece Harris scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Tom 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
69:00 Sub Off
Callum Harrison is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
69:00 Sub On
Tom Dettmar is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
66:00 Sub Off
Tom Monk is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
66:00 Sub On
Paul Hayes is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
24:00 Yellow Card
Darryl Coakley is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tom 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'
  • Tom Monk Goal 24:00'
  • Darryl Coakley Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Tom Monk Sub Off 66:00'
  • Paul Hayes Sub On 66:00'
  • Callum Harrison Sub Off 69:00'
  • Tom Dettmar Sub On 69:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub Off 77:00'
  • Liam Bennett Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

League round up

Other North Division results

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Coggeshall Town
Dereham Town
Heybridge Swifts
Mildenhall Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Bury Town 38 59
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

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