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AFC Sudbury
Grays Athletic
T Monk (10'), B Hunter (23')
Full time
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 242

Grays Come From Behind To Claim Points


AFC see bright start fade as visitors recover from a two goal deficit to take the win

A.F.C. Sudbury welcomed Grays Athletic to the King’s Marsh Stadium on the 130th anniversary of the Essex club. Sudbury came into the game on the back of a fine away win at Canvey Island followed by a thrilling 5-3 home win over Brentwood Town.

A slow start on a grey and cold late November afternoon in front of a good-sized crowd at the King’s Marsh. On six minutes Ryan Mahal’s deep cross was headed clear by Baris Altintop before a fine run by Phil Kelly saw his shot gathered securely by Clarke Bogard in the Grays goal. On ten minutes A.F.C. Sudbury gained the lead with a finely executed goal. Phil Coakley’s long ball out of defence was glanced on by Phil Kelly and Tom Monk raced forward to beat defender and goalkeeper alike before hitting home from a tight angle on the left. Three minutes on and Monk turned provider, setting up Reece Harris who sent his shot swerving wide from close quarters. Thomas Wade was booked for a foul on fourteen minutes before the quick Joao Carlos raced clear for Grays and sent a shot wide of Paul Walker’s right hand post.

It was a dream start for Sudbury after twenty three minutes with a second goal. Phil Kelly met a through ball and laid it square from the left for Ben Hunter to tuck the ball past Bogard. There were claims for a goal on twenty-seven minutes for Grays after a scramble in the home penalty area, but play was waved on. At the other end Reece Harris sent a superb ball from left wing across to the right where Phil Kelly struck a low shot just past the far post. A minute later and Carlos tested Paul Walker with a drive which the Sudbury ‘keeper clung onto with ease. Wade almost broke free, but a superb tackle from Joe Whight stopped him in his tracks. On thirty-two minutes Grays, rather marvellously playing in grey, pulled a goal pack when Michael Toner poked home a loose ball from a corner.

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On forty-one minutes the nippy Carlos again surged along the left wing, placing a neat ball at the feet of Charlie Allen whose shot was well saved by Paul Walker diving to his left. Allen again almost broke through, but the ball rolled to Paul Walker who was quickly off his line to gather.

HT 2-1

Grays started strongly with Mitchel Hahn firing well over the crossbar two minutes into the half. On fifty-two minutes Sudbury had a great chance when Tom Monk’s neat ball into Phil Kelly saw the Sudbury number nine in on goal. He hit the ball with the outside of a left boot, but Clarke Bogard leapt to his right to produce a fine blocking save. Two minutes on and Darryl Coakley struck a fierce shot from 30 yards which cannoned off the post with Ben Hunter just unable to apply the finishing touch. Just after the hour Grays bagged the equalising goal when a shot from distance was touched home by Thomas Wade standing on the goal-line.

On sixty-eight minutes Grays Athletic grabbed the lead when Mitchel Hahn hit a fine shot into the corner of the net from the right hand edge of the penalty area. The visitors were making life hard for Sudbury as the game reached its concluding minutes. Kieran Bishop managed to turn and shoot for the visitors, only to see his effort crash back off the home crossbar. Sudbury continued to work really hard, both at the back and in more advanced areas. Substitute Mekhi McKenzie did well to wrestle the ball on half way before crossing for Phil Kelly whose shot was straight at Bogard in the last of the real opportunities the home side were able to create.

Despite some brilliant approach work and a very hard and competent shift at the back, Sudbury came away from this match empty-handed having deserved at least a point for their hard work and endeavour.

Richard Whiting

Key moments

Goal Tom Monk scores for AFC Sudbury
Goal Ben Hunter scores for AFC Sudbury

Videos and photos

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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Reece Harris is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
87:00 Yellow Card
Billy Holland is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
85:00 Sub On
Mekhi McKenzie is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
85:00 Sub Off
Tom Dettmar is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
76:00 Sub Off
Baris Altintop is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
76:00 Sub On
Liam Bennett is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
72:00 Sub Off
Ben Hunter is substituted off for AFC Sudbury
72:00 Sub On
Paul Hayes is substituted on for AFC Sudbury
62:00 Yellow Card
Tyler French is yellow carded for AFC Sudbury
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ben Hunter scores for AFC Sudbury
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Monk scores for AFC Sudbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Sudbury
  • Grays Athletic
  • 0
  • Tom Monk Goal 10:00'
  • Ben Hunter Goal 23:00'
  • Tyler French Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Ben Hunter Sub Off 72:00'
  • Paul Hayes Sub On 72:00'
  • Baris Altintop Sub Off 76:00'
  • Liam Bennett Sub On 76:00'
  • Tom Dettmar Sub Off 85:00'
  • Mekhi McKenzie Sub On 85:00'
  • Billy Holland Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Reece Harris Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

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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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