A hat-trick from Lee Boylan could not stop AFC Sudbury going down to an embarassing 6-3 home defeat against Romford on Saturday.
Chris Tracey’s side saw their play-off hopes suffer a blow after conceding four goals in a disastrous second half, having pulled their way back from two goals down by the break.
The Yellows, now in 17th place in Ryman League Division One North, nine points from the play-offs, travel to the division’s in-form side, Aveley, tonight (Monday).
In the Thurlow Nunn League, Cornard United’s woes continued with a record 14-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Debenham LC to make it 10 straight defeats to start their First Division campaign.
Halstead Town beat Saffron Walden Town 1-0 at Rosemary Lane while Long Melford lost 2-1 at Ipswich Wanderers and in the Premier Division Hadleigh United beat CRC 2-1 at the Millfield.
In the Premier League, Norwich City beat Arsenal 1-0 at Carrow Road to record their first league win of the season courtesy of a Grant Holt strike.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town’s troubles continued after surrendering a 1-0 lead through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas at Hull City to lose 2-1 and mean they are without a win in 10 games going into Tuesday night’s home game with Derby County.
In the rugby, Sudbury lost 23-12 at home to Brentwood to end their winning run in London Three North East.
There were defeats for both of the town’s highest hockey teams, with Sudbury’s men’s side losing 5-2 at home to Broxbourne while the ladies lost 2-1 at Bromley and Becknahm II.
For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, including our Talk of the Town Ipswich Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.