Hadleigh United’s wobble at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division continued on Saturday as their once cavenous lead was cut down to just goal difference.
With four matches to go, Stuart Crawford’s side have only taken a single point from their last five matches to see a 19-point lead in January cut to just goal difference from Felixstowe and Walton United.
Saturday saw the Brettsiders lose 3-1 at fellow title-chasers Gorleston.
In the First Division Halstead Town drew 0-0 at Great Yarmouth Town to keep their unbeaten run going, while AFC Sudbury were beaten by six goal to two at Braintree Town Reserves.
But basement side Cornard United won their first game in eight matches with a 2-0 success at March Town United.
Long Melford’s recent upturn in form continued with won 2-1 at Needham Market Reserves.
AFC Sudbury beat Aveley 2-0 at The MEL Group Stadium, thanks to goals from Ryan Henshaw and Ollie Hughes, ahead of travelling to Needham Market on Tuesday (7.45pm) for a Suffolk derby.
In the rugby Sudbury ended their London Three North East campaign in fourth place and on a high note, after a 46-12 win at Wymondham.
Back with football, Norwich City slipped closer to the Barclays Premier League relegation zone thanks to Hugo Rodallega’s solitary strike in their 1-0 defeat at Fulham.
Ipswich Town’s hopes of swapping places with the Canaries increased as Luke Chambers scored late in the game to overcome Doncaster Rovers 2-1 and leave them just outside the play-off places from Brighton on goal difference in the Sky Bet Championship.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including our big preview to the area’s cricket season, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.