Weekend sports round-up: AFC come from behind to maintain unbeaten run

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AFC Sudbury pulled back a two-goal defecit at The MEL Group Stadium on Saturday to take a point against Romford and make it seven games unbeaten in the league.

The Yellows had previously won six straight matches in Ryman One North but were unable to keep that blistering run going after conceding two goals in the opening 10 minutes.

But a brace from Richard Howell, one either side of half-time, ensured AFC remained in fifth place in the league table, the last of the play-off spots, ahead of a trip to rivals Needham Market on Tuesday evening for a fourth round tie in the Alan Boon (Ryman League) Cup fourth round (7.45pm).

In the Ridgeons League, Hadleigh United continued their recent high-scoring contests with a 3-3 draw at Cambridge Regional College to leave them in 13th position in the Premier Division.

Halstead Town lost 2-1 at home to Godmanchester Rovers in front of a crowd of 68 to leave them in seventh in the First Division, while 63 witnessed Long Melford lose by the same scoreline at home to Dale Vince’s Debenham LC to leave them 11th. Cornard United have dropped to second bottom after a 3-2 home defeat to Swaffham Town watched by 23 people. Two points now separate Chris Symes’ side from Stowmarket Town, who lost 4-0 away to fellow strugglers Ipswich Wanderers.

In the Premier League, there were goals aplenty at Carrow Road where Norwich City beat strong starters Newcastle United 4-2 (Hoolahan, Holt 2, Morison) to move them up to 10th.

Under-fire Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief on Saturday night after his side came from 2-0 down at half-time at in-form Barnsley in the tea-time kick-off to eventually win 5-3 in an astonishing game live on Sky Sports. It was Ipswich’s first win in eight matches and moves them up one place in the Championship table to 20th - three points above the relegation zone.

In the rugby, Sudbury recorded back-to-back wins by seeing off strugglers East London on the road 29-24 to push the Suffolk side up to sixth in the London 3NE table ahead of a home derby with Stowmarket on Saturday.

*FOR a full round-up of results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, as well as our Talk of the Town Ipswich column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.