Another impressive away performance
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
A cold ‘spring’ afternoon saw 190 hardy souls watch a good game played in freezing conditions and for most of the time in a snow blizzard.
AFC Sudbury run a successful academy and have taken the decision to play a lot of them in the first team - the youngsters were full of endeavour and enthusiasm but were up against an experienced and disciplined ‘Scholars’ side that from the outset were in full control and never relinquished that position.
On the artificial surface we got a faster game than usual but the visitors were content to allow the home side ‘to run around’ and then intercept the ball in midfield/defence and so it was a more purposeful performance - especially in the first half when the visitors did not see as much of the ball but made it tell when they had it on the counter attack.
A cagey start but on 11 mins Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes was fouled just outside to the left of the penalty box. Michael Murray took the free kick and sent in a ball that was headed in to the top right hand corner of the net by Lee O’Leary just outside the left of the six yard box.
On 22 mins the lead was doubled when Sandro Costas Dias Fernandes squared to Michael Murray on the edge of the box who turned and shot firmly into the right hand corner.
Towards the end of the first half Eoin Casey played the ball to Ben Ward-Cochrane whose first time effort was well saved by the keeper.
On the stroke of half time Michael Murray was brought down in the box but nothing was given.
At the other end the defence had been solid - well lead by James Budden and Steve Brown and on the rare occasion for the keeper to be involved Berkley Laurencin came out to kick clear and comfortably dealt with a couple of shots straight at him.
The second half was no different from the first. Even when Steve Brown was forced off injured and Sean Grace moved from midfield to the centre of the defence.
The visitors comfortably dealing with anything the home side could create but always looking dangerous on the counter attack.
In the space of five minutes both Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes and then Chris Doyle got to the respective bye lines and put low crosses through the six yard box without anyone getting a touch.
Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes was getting a lot of space and so a lot of the ball on the left - ably supported by Andy Lomas and causing a concern to the full back. One run saw him cut in from the left and hit a firm shot that the keeper did well to save.
Ben Ward-Cochrane forced another good stop from the keeper and Eoin Casey was tackled as he was about to follow up.
The home side tired in the last twenty minutes allowing the visitors more of the ball but the result was never in doubt.
Another three points and the ‘Scholars’ are sitting strongly in third position after other results on the day.
Team: Berkley Laurencin, Chris Doyle, Andrew Lomas, Lee O’Leary, Steve Brown (Will Wambeek 57 mins), James Budden , Ben Ward-Cochrane (Billy Baird 87 mins) Sean Grace), Michael Murray (Ryan Forde 72 mins), Eoin Casey, Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes
Man of the Match: James Budden - commanding performance at the back.