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GRAYS ATHLETIC 1st TEAM
AFC SUDBURY FC V GRAYS ATHLETIC FC FC Bostick North 24/11/18
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Suffolk has been a happy hunting ground for Blues this season after two victories over Felixstowe & Walton so they will be hoping for third time lucky when they travel to AFC Sudbury tomorrow Saturday in a Bostik League clash. The game will also be a milestone in the history of Grays Athletic , 130 years ago on the 24th November saw the newly formed club played their first competitive match against Rochford Hundred unfortunately it wasn't an auspicious start Blues losing 3-0 lets hope tomorrow they can mark the occasion with a win to continue their sparkling run of form. In the corresponding fixture this year on the last day of the season a weakened Blues with a number of first team players absent put up a brave performance going down to a late Phil Kelly strike in the 78th minute.

Sudbury go into the game boosted by a thrilling 5-3 win over Brentwood Town on Tuesday evening with that man Phil Kelly notching a hat trick backed up by a brace from Callum Harrison to record their first home win this season in the league. Their early season form saw them thumped 4-0 at Tilbury in the season opener and it wasn't until their sixth league game of the season that they managed an win away at Felixstowe & Walton. Cup competitions proved more fruitful although disruptive to their league programme, however their league form of late has seen them lose just one of their last six games. Not surprisingly Harrison with eight and Kelly with five are their current leading league goal scorers.

A five goal demolition of Dereham Town last Saturday maintained Blues charge up the league another win tomorrow will see them continue to put pressure on teams above them. The return of Kieran Bishop and Tommy Wade has certainly added pace, power, and a goal threat to Blues attacking options. It's interesting to note Joao Carlos has now scored nine goals this season three more than his last season tally. The team as a whole now look a more compact and competitive unit with the addition of Charlie Allen in midfield adding much needed experience and guile, Stan Muguo has impressed recently after his move to the centre of defence affecting a calming influence. Tomorrow will be another test for Blues against an improving Sudbury but the confidence gained over the last few weeks will see them confident of getting a result and make it a hat trick of wins in Suffolk.

Form Guide
AFC Sudbury
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Blues
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Latest results

AFC Sudbury
Grays Athletic
W
W
D
D
L
W
W
W
L
W
Appearances
AFC Sudbury
B Holland
13
B Holland
P Walker
13
P Walker
D Coakley
13
D Coakley
Grays Athletic
Top Scorers
AFC Sudbury
C Harrison
8
C Harrison
P Kelly
5
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R Harris
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Grays Athletic

Match details

Match date

Sat 24, Nov 2018

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

242

Competition

North Division

League position

5
Grays Athletic
10
AFC Sudbury