Weekend round-up: Melford register first league win

LONG Melford built on their impressive cup form in the league on Saturday but Sudbury Rugby Club could not get off the mark at Upminster.

In the football Melford’s first win of the season in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, after six games, a 2-1 success over Swaffham Town, saw them leapfrog Stowmarket Town to third from bottom.

Late goals from Luke Simpson and the returning Ashley Skeggs gave the visitors victory.

Halstead Town thumped local rivals Cornard United 7-0 at Rosemary Lane in the same division, while in the Premier Division Hadleigh Untied lie in 10th place after a 4-2 home win over Thetford Town.

In the Premier League Norwich City’s search for their first win of the season goes on after a first half Demba Ba strike gave Newcastle United a 1-0 win on Tyneside on Sunday.

The result leaves the Canaries one place above the relegation zone after their five games.

In the Championship the pressure on Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell increased with a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Portman Road.

Two goals in two minutes, from Johnie Jackson and ex-Town loan man Ricardo Fuller, put Charlton in the driving seat early in the second half and despite a Jason Scotland deflected strike, Ipswich were unable to force an equaliser, with Nathan Ellington firing over late on.

In the rugby Sudbury lost 41-22 in London Three North East, their second defeat from their two opening games while Hadleigh lost 43-31 at Newmarket in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties One.

* 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.