Kris Newby’s second header in a week proved to be another match-winning one for AFC Sudbury.
The winger netted a dramatic extra-time goal against Redbridge in the FA Cup on Tuesday and followed it up by netting in the 35th minute of an ill-tempered Ryman One North affair at Maldon and Tiptree, who had two players sent off.
Newby, Ayrton Coley and Jack Guyton all limped off during the game, leaving the Yellows with issues ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Great Wakering Rovers (7.45pm).
A brilliant goal from Neil Calver was the highlight of table-topping Hadleigh United’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Walsham-le-Willows in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, while Kevin Inglis, David Lorimer and Duane Wright also found the target.
Halstead Town crashed out of the FA Vase at the first qualifying round phase to Broxbourne Borough, 2-1 after extra-time, while Cornard United went down 3-1 at home to FC Romania.
AFC Sudbury Reserves lost 3-0 at home to Stowmarket Town in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.
In cricket, Sudbury and Hadleigh suffered losses in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One, but Halstead’s triumph over Easton in Division Two guaranteed them a return to the league’s top flight.
Sudbury II and Long Melford are battling it out for promotion from Division Three, with the Talbots’ second string 10 points ahead of their local rivals ahead of the final round of fixtures.
Bury St Edmunds II are ahead of both in second, level on points with Sudbury, but they completed their fixtures with defeat on Saturday.