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January:

n AFC Sudbury missed the chance to move into the top six as they were beaten 5-1 at home by Enfield Town.

n Cornard Angling Society fished their belated Christmas match at Cable Pond, having spent the first-half hour breaking and clearing ice so it could go ahead.

n Sudbury Joggers Ladies were crowned Suffolk County Cross Country Champions.

n Two of Sudbury Rugby Club’s brightest prospects, Sam Bixby and Shaun Smith, both 17, were selected as reserves for the English Colleges’ squad.

February:

n Long Melford missed out on a place in the Ridgeons Division One Knockout Cup final losing 1-0 at Thetford Town.

n Lowly Brewery Tap produced their best performance of the season to shock leaders Hadleigh Eight Bells in the Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League.

n Hadleigh Rugby Club completed three league victories in a row with an emphatic 48-12 win at third-placed Dereham.

n Sri Lankan cricketer Hasantha Fernando, who had played in seven One Day Internationals and Two Test matches for his country, signed for Sudbury Cricket Club.

n AFC Sudbury’s Lee Townrow was released after stamping on a player against Waltham Abbey.

March:

n Management duo Nicky Smith and Chris Tracey extended their contracts at AFC Sudbury by 18 months.

n Sudbury Men’s Hockey team ensured they would be crowned champions of Division 3NE with a 4-3 triumph over Bury St Edmunds II.

n Swimmers from Sudbury Storms got off to a flying start at the Suffolk County Council Championships. Twenty-two of the county squad competed winning 13 medals and setting 43 personal bests. Lana Mo, 11, was the star of the show winning gold in seven of the eight events she entered and silver in the other.

n Sudbury Rugby Club’s season reached a new low as they were beaten 34-25 by Stowmarket in the first round of the Suffolk Cup.

April:

n Cornard United owner Chris Symes told the Free Press he was ready to sell the club after two bidders emerged for the Blackhouse Lane outfit.

n Former British 250cc motocross champion Carl Nunn was the main attraction when Halstead and District Motorcycle Club opened their 2011 season at Little Loveney Hall, Wakes Colne.

n Halstead’s last chance of silverware this season died as they were beaten 1-0 by Braintree Town in the Quarter-final of the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup.

n Newton Green Golf Club was nominated for a national award - the Sports and Recreation Alliance (SRA) Sports Club of the Year Awards - for the work it was undertaking in schools.

n AFC Sudbury’s play-off dream was over after they conceded two late goals to Needham Market to draw 2-2 at the MEL Group Stadium.

May:

n Hadleigh United gave one of their best performances of the season to finish the campaign on a high with a 2-1 win at Mildenhall Town.

n Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club started this year’s Norman Plum competition with an excellent win over Chingford by 209 stableford points to 180.

n Great Cornard rider, Jenny Brown, 25, had the National Horse Trials in her sights after jumping her way to a winner’s rosette at the world-renowned Royal Windsor Horse Show.

n Sudbury Cricket Club gained their first victory of the season with a 27 run win over Burwell at Friars Street.

n Former Great Cornard schoolboy Jamie Griffiths was handed a six-month contract at Ipswich Town after a back injury threatened to end his time at Portman Road.

n Cornard Ladies made their chances count as they defeated local rivals AFC Sudbury to clinch the Suffolk Women’s League Cup in a match that finished 2-1.

June:

n Young students from Sudbury got their first taste of major competition when they took part in the 45th KUGB National Championships in Birmingham.

n Sudbury Gladiators maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 36-26 win over Bury Titans at Great Cornard Sports Centre. The Gladiators had been trailing 16-0 before Stuart Whybrow ran in a hat-trick of trys to help them to victory.

n Sudbury hockey stalwart Tim Blackburn was called up for the first time to represent the England Over-45s, who were competing in a four-team international tournament in Northern Ireland.

n Nicky Smith, manager of AFC Sudbury, captured his first two signings of the summer - Crystal Palace trainee Richard Howell and former AFC Wimbeldon forward Chris Sullivan.

n Former Ipswich Town defender, Josh Meekings, from Cavendish was on trial at Scottish Premier Division side Iverness Caledonian Thistle.