Weekend round-up: AFC Sudbury out of FA Trophy while Sudbury RFC open with a defeat

THERE were defeats for Sudbury’s football and rugby teams on Saturday, while the town’s cricket club ended their league season with a resounding win over Halstead before losing in the Suffolk Twnety20 Cup final on Sunday to Bury St Edmunds with Hadeligh narrowly missing out on the Two Counties Division Two title.

In the football, AFC Sudbury exited the FA Trophy at the first hurdle with a late defected goal at Kent side Faversham Town, meaning they have now gone out of both FA competitions in successive weeks.

Long Melford were one of five Thurlow Nunn First Division sides to make it through to the first round proper of the FA Vase, defeating Premier Division side Woodbridge Town 3-2 on the road.

Hadleigh United also booked their place in the next round with an emphatic 4-1 scoreline at Stanway Rovers, while Halstead Town went out with a 3-1 defeat at Premier Division Diss Town.

Cornard United narrowly lost 2-1 at home to March Town United in their First Division league fixture.

In the Premier League, Norwich City played out a goalless draw in front of the Sky cameras at home to West Ham United in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Ipswich Town’s recent downturn in form continued with a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough to leave Paul Jewell’s side second bottom of the Championship after Sunday’s fixture involving Wednesday’s visitors to Portman Road, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In the cricket, Sudbury ended their second East Anglian Premier League season in style with a 10-wicket demolition of already relegated Halstead at Friars Street.

But the Talbots could not end the campaign with Suffolk Cup winners’ medals around their necks, losing the final of the Twenty20 competition to hosts Bury St Edmunds.

Haldeigh needed to overturn a two-point deficit on Witham on the final day to clinch the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, but could only make up one point, despite getting maximum points at home to Braintree, as they finished second, earning promotion to Division One.

In the rugby, Graham Richard’s first game in charge at Whittome Field ended in a 39-8 defeat to South Woodham Ferrers as the task on his hands in London Three North East became apparent.

* 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.