Weekend round-up: Sudbury Rugby Club close in on league title

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Sudbury Rugby Club won 34-28 at their closest title rivals Cantabrigian to move within four points of winning the London Three North East title.

Matt Johnston and Scott Harries both scored two tries, while Austin Beckett and Shaun Smith also got on the scoreboard to continue Sudbury’s unbeaten record in the league this season.

In the football, AFC Sudbury stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-0 win over Heybridge Swifts.

Craig Parker’s first goal for the Yellows was enough to keep Jamie Gobbold’s side third in Ryman League Division One North.

Long Melford returned to the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division after winning 1-0 at Cornard United.

Jamie Griffiths scored the winner for Melford, who moved back to the division’s summit after previous leaders Saffron Walden Town lost for the first time in August.

Halstead Town slipped to a third consecutive defeat following a 1-0 reverse at Dereham Town Reserves, while AFC Sudbury Reserves made it three wins on the spin after a 2-1 victory at Stowmarket Town.

Fifth-placed Norwich City are just a point off the top of a congested Sky Bet Championship table after winning 4-1 at struggling Millwall thanks to goals from Jonny Howson (two), Gary Hooper and Wes Hoolahan.

Ipswich Town remain one place and one point outside the play-offs after failing to leapfrog sixth-placed Brentford.

Daryl Murphy’s 22nd goal of the season had the Tractor Boys in front at Portman Road early on, but Jonathan Douglas earned Brentford a point.