Weekend round-up: Play-off hopes fade after AFC Sudbury suffer defeat

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A 2-1 defeat at Thamesmead Town has all but extinguished AFC Sudbury’s hopes of making the Ryman One North play-offs while Sudbury Rugby Club’s season ended on a low note at Wanstead (38-17).

AFC Sudbury went down to only their second defeat in 12 games south of the river Thames on Saturday and had been leading at half-time, courtesy of a James Baker goal.

But they conceded in the 72nd and 85th minute to suffer a massive blow to their play-off hopes, with Chris Tracey’s side needing to pray for some unlikely results while they try to make up a five-point gap with six points to play for.

In the Ridgeons League First Division, Halstead Town won 2-1 at Team Bury to ensure they ended the day in a top six place while Long Melford drew 2-2 at home to Cambridge University Press to put them 9th and in control of qualification for next season’s FA Cup (top 10).

Bottom side Cornard United were not in action but play twice in two days, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Team Bury before then travelling into Essex to face Whitton United on Thursday (both 7.45pm).

Hadleigh United were also without a game at the weekend and travel to Clacton on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In the Premier League Norwich City went down to a 6-1 home defeat to title-chasing Manchester City as Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick, Sergio Aguero hit a brace and Adam Johnson added the sixth. Andrew Surman had scored a 51st minute goal to take the score to 2-1.

Ipswich Town drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace with Jason Scotland’s stunning long range strike bringing them level in the second half after Norwich loannee Chris Martin had given the Eagles the lead.

In the rugby Sudbury lost 38-17 at fifth-placed Wanstead to ensure they finish one place above the relegation zone in London 3NE after being relegated last season.

* 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.