by Peter Scherer
Mickleover continued their unbeaten run with another dominating performance against newly promoted AFC Sudbury.
Starting line-up: 1-Oliver Bosworth 2-Jake Bennett 3-Ryan Wilson 4-Will Atkinson 5-Fin Delap 6-Ethan Mann 7-Oli Greaves 8-Dan Bradley 9-Andre Wright 10-Stuart Beavon 11-Be Sault. Subs: Marcus Barnes, James Pollard, Joe Bateman, Sam Tomlinson, Brandon Ferron.
Mickleover were straight on the pace from the word go, seeking their ninth successive league win. But Sudbury’s defence held tight until a careless push in the box from Dickens after seven minutes gave Sports a penalty.
Wright duly stepped up to open the scoring, giving Mickleover the extra push to add further to their 1-0 tally.
The visitors managed to hit the bar and Dickens almost made amends with a good effort following a corner.
Visiting keeper Bradbrook pulled off a good save but after 25 minutes there was another penalty for Mickleover, after Romario handled in the box. Wright stepped up again and it was 2-0.
But Sudbury continued to seek out opportunities again and Oli was unlucky when he hit the bar, before Romario’s rebound effort hit the side netting.
Mickleover were on the attack too though with Bradbrook kept busy up to the half time whistle.
The visitors hit the bar again early in the second half, but with the solid back four of Bennett, Delap, Mann and Wilson the chances were becoming more restricted.
On the hour Sault hit home to make it 3-0, before Bosworth was in action again for Sports.
Mickleover were hungry for more and after 81 minutes Wright was gifted a free header to make it 4-0.
There was still more to come after Bradbrook seemingly had the ball under control initially, but Mann’s effort still crossed the line to make it a resounding 5-0 victory.
SO top of the table consolidated, nine points clear, a goal difference of +26 and another clean sheet.