Weekend sport: AFC close in on play-offs and rugby club end losing run

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AFC Sudbury’s fifth straight league win - 2-1 at Heybridge Swifts on Saturday - has put the Yellows to within a point of a play-off place.

Chris Tracey’s men were unable to set a new club record of six consecutive games without conceding a goal however, with Nathan Clarke putting through his net in the 90th minute in Essex.

Goals from Nathan Clarke and Dan Emmanuel, at the right end, were enough to earn another three points, ahead of Tuesday nights trip to Maldon & Tiptree (7.45pm).

In the Ridgeons League, Hadleigh United came from 2-0 down to level at leaders Wroxham but then suffered a cruel injury-time winner to lose 3-2 and leave them in 13th position.

In the First Division, Cornard United remain third bottom after a 2-1 defeat at Cambridge University Press, while Halstead Town (5th) hit five answered goals at bottom side Ipswich Wanderers and Long Melford lost 3-0 at Fakenham Town to leave the Villagers 11th.

In the rugby, Sudbury ended a miserable run of six consecutive defeats in London3NE with a 18-12 home win over South Woodham Ferrers to leave them ninth in the league table.

In the Premier League Norwich City suffered a 5-1 defeat at leaders Manchester City, while in the Championship Paul Jewell suffered his seventh straight league defeat at home to bogey side Watford, again throwing away the lead to lose.

*FOR a full round-up of results, including match action, reaction and previews for the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.