AFC Sudbury set up a trip to Ryman Premier side Bognor Regis in the next round of the FA Trophy after new midfielder Ollie Berquez, from Maldon and Tiptree, was on target along with a Sam Clarke brace in a 3-1 victory at Whitstable Town.
It extended the Yellows’ impressive unbeaten run to seven matches, which includes six wins, with David Batch’s side having gone into the break at their Ryman League South opponents 3-0 to the good, before conceding once in the second half.
An eventful contest in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division ended with Hadleigh United levelling in the eighth minute of injury time after losing a 2-0 lead at Newmarket Town in a 3-3 thriller which leaves them third.
The Brettsiders had raced into the lead through David Lorimer and Duane Wright goals, before the Jockeys got back on terms with a double of their own ahead of the dramatic conclusion, which saw Lorimer add his second of the game.
Halstead Town found their shooting boots at home to Dereham Town Reserves, putting seven past their opponents at Rosemary Lane in a 7-1 victory which leaves them sixth in the table.
In the Suffolk Senior Cup first round, there were defeats for AFC Sudbury Reserves, 2-0 at home to Bramford United, and Cornard United, 4-2 at home to Woodbridge Town, while Long Melford suffered a disappointing 3-0 exit at Lakenheath.
In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City lost top spot after suffering a 1-0 defeat at bogey team Fulham in west London.
The manager of the month curse appeared to strike Ipswich Town’s Mick McCarthy at Portman Road, as his side were a minute from victory over 10-man Blackburn Rovers before Ben Marshall’s injury-time free-kick replicated a 65th-minute opener from David McGoldrick to leave the Tractor Boys sixth.
In the rugby, Sudbury maintained their 100 per cent record in London Three North East with an impressive 32-19 victory at Upminster, for their fifth straight win.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, as well as our Ipswich Town columns, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.