AFC Sudbury manager saw their FA Trophy journey ended with a spirited 1-0 defeat at higher-league Braintree Town.
Having very much held their own against the Vanarama Conference outfit, who ply their trade three leagues above, Sudbury’s hopes of causing a notable upset were finally dashed in the 57th minute following Simeon Akinola’s solitary strike.
The Yellows will be hoping to bounce back when they host Mildenhall Town in a Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final encounter tomorrow (Tuesday) (7.45pm).
In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Hadleigh United halted a three-match winless to secure a welcome 2-0 success away at Haverhill Rovers, while in the First Division Long Melford continued their title challenge with an emphatic 9-1 victory over Needham Market Reserves.
Elsewhere, Cornard United slipped to a 2-0 loss at home to Braintree Town Reserves, Halstead Town lost 3-0 against Great Yarmouth Town and AFC Sudbury Reserves slumped to a comprehensive 6-1 defeat at home to Swaffham Town.
In the rugby, Sudbury Rugby Club maintained their perfect start to the new London Three North East campaign with an 11th consecutive victory, overcoming Lowestoft and Yarmouth 37-15 to extend their lead at the top of the division to 11 points.
In the Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town were forced to settle for a share of the spoils following a 0-0 draw away at Bolton Wanderers leaving them fourth in the table, while rivals Norwich City moved up to seventh after securing a second successive win with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town following second-half goals from Bradley Johnson (two), Nathan Redmond, Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban.