Weekend round-up: Cornard’s 43-game losing streak comes to an end

FIRST POINTS: Chris Symes (left) and Paul Grainger in the dugout for Cornard United
FIRST POINTS: Chris Symes (left) and Paul Grainger in the dugout for Cornard United

Cornard United ended one of the country’s worst losing runs on Saturday, winning for the first time in the league since October 29, 2011.

The 1-0 win — their first points of the season with one game to go — ironically came against the same side they last beat in the league, Ipswich Wanderers.

It ended a miserable run of 43 consecutive defeats for Chris Symes and joint-manager Paul Grainger and was the Ards, who scored the only goal of the game at the side unbeaten in nine after 38 minutes.

Meanwhile, it was also a big day for Sudbury Rugby Club as they thrashed Harlow 73-24 to leapfrog Canvey Island in their bid to beat the drop to the Eastern Counties League.

Sudbury, roared on at Whittome Field by a strong home crowd, stormed into a 33-0 lead before Harlow got their first points on the board for a half-time score of 33-3.

Sudbury are now just one point and one place from safety in London League Three North East with two games to play, both away from home.

In the other football, AFC Sudbury lost 2-0 at home to 4th-placed Heybridge Swifts, leaving the Yellows, still under caretaker managers Michael Shinn and Ian Brown 14th.

Hadleigh United followed up their win against Haverhill Rovers with a 3-1 success at relegation-threatened Thetford Town while Long Melford followed up their 5-1 win over Cornard with a 3-1 victory at Downham Town.

Halstead Town were 3-0 winners at Fakenham Town.

In the Championship Ipswich Town moved up to the heady heights of 14th after a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Derby County.

Scott Loach saved a penalty with his legs in the first half before a controversial offside flag ruled out a Derby opener in the second half.

Despite having far less of the game, Carlos Edwards broke from inside his own half in the 93rd minute and sent a 25-yard drive beyond the goalkeeper for the winner. Mick McCarthy’s side are now six points clear of the relegation zone.

A 2-2 draw for hosts Norwich City against League Cup winners Swansea City in the Premier League saw the Canaries inch a point closer to safety, now in 14th and four points above the drop zone.

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