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Witham Town
AFC Sudbury
J Watson (17', 73')
Full time
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 108




Two spectacular goals from John Watson propelled Witham Town to their first home win of the season and finally put smiles on the faces of the faithful at Spa Road.
Despite prolonged rain, a pitch inspection had not been necessary thanks to a lot of work carried out by volunteers. The rain had eased off by kick-off time and both teams got off to a lively start.
Ten league places had separated these sides before the match, but lowly Witham quickly took control. luke foster who was making his debut for Witham nearly put them ahead, but his shot was beaten away by Walker in goal.
Foster put in a good cross that was cleared with difficulty and Walker ran out to foil Sam Ashford after good work by Ashman. Witham were looking comfortable and an excellent through ball by Watson enabled Ashman to test the goalkeeper.
Sudbury had scored nine goals in their previous three games, but they were showing no fluency as they struggled to find a way through the Witham midfield. Any attacking moves that made it to the final third were nullified by the solid Witham defence, supported by skipper Danny Norton in a deep role.
Witham made an important breakthrough after 17 minutes. Foster broke down the right and fed Michael Osei-Saahene. His pass found John Watson outside the penalty area and a spectacular shot from Watson opened the scoring.
Luca Collins in goal for Witham was keeping guard against his former club. He was largely a spectator in the first half, his only contribution of note being a save from Harrison in the 20th minute.
Johnny Ashman was a constant menace. He took a pass from kevin coyle and had a dangerous run down the left. His cross almost found Ashford but the ball was cleared for a corner.
Sudbury’s attacking woes were compounded on the stroke of half-time when Phil Kelly was shown a red card for using an elbow against John Watson.
Sudbury made a determined start to the second half and began to put Witham under pressure in an attempt to get back into the game. They looked a lot more dangerous despite being a man down.
The game was stretched as Sudbury forced the pace but left gaps at the back. Collins made an excellent save from Harrison’s free kick. When Harrison’s pass released Tom Monk, Collins did well again. Shortly after that, Pat Ahern gave away a corner under pressure. As the game moved into the final quarter, Sudbury were enjoying their best spell of the game and looking increasingly threatening.
Witham suddenly doubled their lead in the 73rd minute with a goal of the very highest quality from Watson. He picked the ball up on the left and hit a fierce drive into the far corner of the net with from well outside the area. It was a shot of astonishing ferocity and Walker had no time to move.
Goals change games and it breathed new life into Witham, who regained control. Ashman and Foster were causing a lot of problems. Mallett went sprawling in the penalty area and the referee initially awarded a penalty, only to reverse the decision after consulting with an assistant. Four minutes later Mallett was attacking again and he hit a goal-bound shot that Walker superbly pushed against the bar.
It was all Witham towards the end. Just before the final whistle Ashman’s shot was deflected for a corner after a good run by Coyle.
This result was a big relief for Witham, who can now can now prepare for next Saturday’s crucial encounter against Romford in a much more positive frame of mind.

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Key moments

Goal John Watson scores for Witham Town
Goal John Watson scores for Witham Town


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89:00 Sub On
tyler christian -law is substituted on for Witham Town
89:00 Sub Off
John Watson is substituted off for Witham Town
78:00 Sub On
liam whipps is substituted on for Witham Town
78:00 Sub Off
luke foster is substituted off for Witham Town
73:00 Goal 2 - 0
John Watson scores for Witham Town
70:00 Sub Off
Sam Ashford is substituted off for Witham Town
70:00 Sub On
alfie cerulli is substituted on for Witham Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Tirivanhu is yellow carded for Witham Town
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Sam Ashford is yellow carded for Witham Town
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
John Watson scores for Witham Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Witham Town
  • AFC Sudbury
  • 0
  • John Watson Goal 17:00'
  • Sam Ashford Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Andrew Tirivanhu Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Sam Ashford Sub Off 70:00'
  • alfie cerulli Sub On 70:00'
  • John Watson Goal 73:00'
  • liam whipps Sub On 78:00'
  • luke foster Sub Off 78:00'
  • tyler christian -law Sub On 89:00'
  • John Watson Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Collins, Luca Collins, Luca
mallett, luke mallett, luke
Ahern, Patrick Ahern, Patrick
osei saahene, micheal osei saahene, micheal
Tirivanhu, Andrew Tirivanhu, Andrew
coyle, kevin coyle, kevin
Ashman, Johnny Ashman, Johnny
Watson, John Watson, John
foster, luke foster, luke
Ashford, Sam Ashford, Sam
Norton, Danny Norton, Danny

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Felixstowe & Walton United 22 25
15. Great Wakering Rovers 22 25
16. Witham Town 22 25
17. Soham Town Rangers 22 22
18. Mildenhall Town 22 18
19. Romford 22 18
20. Dereham Town 22 15

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