AFC SUDBURY 3-1 AVELEY FC
19th December 2015
AFC Sudbury started the first half like they left off against table toppers Cray Wanderers after defeating them midweek. The ran riot against a poor first half performance against the Millers.
For Aveley however, after a 2-2 draw against Dereham Town, in which was two points dropped, the Millers seemed to show a lack of something. Wit a mix of slack defending and the gaps between the midfield and defence, Sudbury eased to a first half lead, and really all three points. The Millers improved massively in the second half, but it was too little too late.
The match was quiet but it burst into life with a classic counter attacking goal. Liam Nash's free-kick was cleared away and Sudbury pounced and out numbered Aveley as they surged forward. The ball was spread across the pitch to man of the match, Joe Maybanks, he cut inside onto his left foot and smashed the ball towards goal, which flew past James Marrable who was rooted to the spot. AFC Sudbury 1-0 Aveley FC.
The Millers seemed to change and looked to be too desperate to get straight back into the match, which early in the first half still with a lot of the game remaining was not the best option. AFC Sudbury took complete control of the match with the second from a corner. Spencer Harrisontried to head away but it landed to Craig Parker who was on hand to nod in to the empty net. AFC Sudbury 2-0 Aveley FC.
The Millers rallied but couldn't and never looked like doing anything of note with our first half display.
There was one last bit of action in the first half, and really the three points were sealed for the title challengers. For some reason even during a normal passage of play the Millers only had one defender back. Parker squared for Luke Callandar and he finished with aplomb.
Half Time- AFC Sudbury 3-0 Aveley FC
At half time the Millers made a change with Alex Teniola coming on for Ahmed Deen, it had an instant impact, Teniola two efforts in quick succession put the hosts on the back foot.
Liam Nash then crossed in a good ball to the back post but Billy Holland's header which looked to be heading into the back of the net hit the side netting.
David Fallah was next to get in-behind, but he looked to just decide to late to what he wanted to do with it and the ball was smothered behind by the Sudbury keeper. The keeper began to impress after another save which denied Alex Teniola from close range.
Arian Retkoceri then entered the match and really did show his ability and seemed to control and dictate the match with everything good for the Milers going through him.
James Marrable did well to deny Joe Maybanks on two occasions to keep it at 3-0. A fantastic solo run was halted by a equally great left handed save. The second was a right foot curler but again Marrable was equal to it.
Soonafter the Millers finally got their deserved goal fifteen minutes from time. Debutant Michael Pindy was only on the pitch for five minutes, and after a super cross from Abs Seymour, Pindy was at the back post to nod in to give the Millers a glimmer of hope, but that was how it finished.
Full Time- AFC Sudbury 3-1 Aveley FC