AFC Sudbury close in on the play-off places

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AFC Sudbury moved level on points with Thurrock in the final Ryman League Division One North play-off berth following a comfortable 3-0 success over Barkingside.

A double from Correy Davidson was added to by Ollie Berquez to seal all three points and keep David Batch’s side finely poised in the play-off picture.

Meanwhile in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, reigning champions Hadleigh United slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Mildenhall while in the First Division Long Melford moved to within three points of league leaders Saffron Walden Town following a 4-1 victory over Stowmarket Town.

Cornard United fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to the table toppers, while Halstead Town settled for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Swaffham Town.

Elsewhere in the rugby, Sudbury ensured they would head into the new year top of London Three North East after maintaining their perfect league record with a 12th straight win, overcoming Stowmarket in a 22-17 success.

In the Sky Bet Championship, a last minute Steven Whittaker strike saw Norwich City snatch a share of the spoils away at promotion chasing Derby County.

Johnny Russell had given the Rams the lead in the 43rd minute before Cameron Jerome levelled eight minutes later.

Chris Martin put the home side back ahead from the spot after 55 minutes but they were denied victory as Whittaker struck late to seal a point for the Canaries.

Meanwhile rivals Ipswich Town moved to within a point of league leaders Bournemouth following a 2-0 success over Middlesborough.

Darryl Murphy opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Jay Tabb doubled the advantage 20 minutes later to lift the Tractor Boys to second in the table.