Weekend round-up: Sudbury RFC off the mark while AFC draw at Tilbury

TWO tries from ex-coach Mark Bolton sent Sudbury Rugby Club on their way to their first win of the season in London Three North East, a 31-27 victory over Wanstead at Whittome Field on Saturday.

Suds never surrendered the lead after captain Tom Summers kicked two early penalties, though they allowed Wanstead to come back and make them sweat.

Hadleigh Rugby Club beat Southwold 15-8 at Layham Road in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties One to put them fourth in the early table.

In the football AFC Sudbury, who released striker Dave Bryant, defenders Ian Cousins and Eljay Worrell and midfielders Ben Smith and Ben Bowditch and assistant manager Barry Lakin ahead of their trip to Tilbury, drew 1-1 with the promotion chasers thanks to a Tom Webb goal.

The result leaves them in 11th place in Ryman League Division One North ahead of hosting current league leaders Potters Bar Town on Saturday (3pm).

In the Thurlow Nunn League, Hadleigh United won their fifth straight Premier Division game with a 4-2 win at Wivenhoe Town while in the First Division Long Melford lost 3-0 at Braintree Town Reserves, Cornard United lost 4-0 at home to Ipswich Wanderers and Halstead Town lost 2-1 at Debenham LC.

In the Premier League, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez returned to Norwich City’s Carrow Road to repeat his hat-trick of last season as the Reds won 5-2 to leave Chris Hughton’s men in the bottom three.

Paul Jewell insisted a point for second bottom Ipswich in a 1-1 draw at Barnsley was a good result after Aaron Cresswell’s sixth-minute free-kick was equaliser by Stephen Dawson’s 74th minute strike.

In the hockey, Sudbury remain without a point in East Men’s League Division One North, losing their third game of the campaign 4-2 at Ely City while the women lost 2-0 at home to Chelmsford II in Division One South.

* 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.