England Under-18s’ George Wacokecoke returned to Sudbury Rugby Club to help inspire them to a 40-24 win over Beccles at Whittome Field on Saturday.
The Northampton Saints winger or full-back set up two tries for Shaun Smith before turning on the afterburners himself in a bonus-point victory over their Suffolk rivals in London Three North East.
Ahead of a Suffolk RFU Cup semi-final at Woodrbidge on Saturday, kicker Tom Summers was sent off for fighting in a result which maintained fourth place.
In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United surrendered their unbeaten home record to a second-half Ian Hunter goal for Norwich United in a 1-0 defeat.
The Brettsiders, who decided against applying for promotion, still top the division by 19 points, although they have played more games than their title rivals.
In the First Division Long Melford lost 4-0 at Fakenham Town, while Halstead Town (home to Whitton United) and Cornard United (away at Debenhema LC) saw their matches postponed.
AFC Sudbury’s scheduled match at home to Brentwood Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but the club’s fans did have something to get excited about after the announcement of two signings.
Midfielder Ryan Horne and forward or wide player James Akintunde have both joined on one-month loan deals from Skrill Conference Premier high-flyers Cambridge United.
With Norwich City out of the FA Cup, they had a weekend off from action, while Ipswich Town reignited their hopes of reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-offs as Daryl Murphy and Paul Anderson fired them to a 2-0 win over Reading to move them into seventh place and two points adrift of Saturday’s opponents.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and a full preview to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.