Weekend round-up: AFC back to winning ways in league but Suds lose again

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AFC Sudbury finally managed their second league win of the season on Saturday after beating Chatham Town 1-0 in a game which could have gone either way.

In the end it was an 8th minute strike from Richard Howell which settled the points for Chris Tracey’s men, who had been a point from the bottom after five consecutive cup matches.

AFC, who will play at Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday night after Chelmsford City drew in the FA Cup, meaning their county cup match with Great Wakering will not go ahead this week, are now 19th in the table with two wins from nine matches.

Cornard United, who only had eight players left on Tuesday afternoon following Rob Batten’s late withdrawal from buying the club, won a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash at Blackhouse Lane against Ipswich Wanderers, who had ex-Ipswich Town cult hero Fabian Wilnis in the dugout.

Cornard won 3-0 with goals coming from Yearling and Hodgson.

Elsewhere in the Ridgeons First Division Long Melford lost 2-1 to league-leaders Whitton United at Stoneylands while Halstead Town suffered a 5-0 defeat at Thetford Town, who have now made it nine wins from nine.

In the rugby Sudbury lost 27-20 at home to Upminster to make it four successive league defeats for Scott Harries and Lee Cooper’s side at the lower level, following relegation last season.

But Suds (8th) will have to dwell on their bad run for another week before their next fixture at home to Harlow on November 12.

In the hockey, Sudbury Mens first team drew their derby with Bury St Edmunds 3-3 at Great Cornard to leave them 6th, while Sudbury Ladies fixture with Bury St Edmunds, at Nowton Park, was postponed.

In the football nationally, Premier League newboys Norwich City scored an injury-time equaliser through captain Grant Holt to salvage a point at home to previous bottom side Blackburn Rovers. The result sees the Canaries lying eighth in the table.

Ipswich Town suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Milwall’s New Den in the Championship, to leave Paul Jewell’s side four points from the play-offs in 11th after two successive defeats. Jimmy Bullard scored his first goal of the season for the Blues.

*FOR a full round-up of results, including match action, reaction and previews for the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.