AFC Sudbury’s 4-0 home defeat to Brentwood Town saw them drop four places to fourth from bottom in Ryman League Division One North.
The Yellows were 2-0 at half-time and conceded twice in the second half with Alex Read grabbing his hat-trick, meaning they have gone 14 games without a win.
AFC are next in action on Saturday, when 21st-placed Redbridge visit the MEL Group Stadium.
In the Thurlow Nunn League Hadleigh United were impressive 4-1 winners over high-flyers Dereham at the Millfield to move them up a place to fifth in the Premier Division.
Cornard United were thumped 10-0 at home to Braintree Town Reserves in the First Division Knockout Cup on Friday night at Blackhouse Lane, while Halstead Town progressed into a quarter-final tie at Newmarket Town with a 1-0 win at Long Melford.
In the Premier League Norwich City are 14th after a Bradley Johnson 44th-minute header was enough to beat Stoke City at Carrow Road.
Mick McCarthy’s reign at Ipswich Town got off to a winning start at Birmingham City as the Suffolk side ended a run of 12 games without a win at St Andrew’s, though it was not enough to move them off the bottom of the Championship table.
In the rugby Sudbury narrowly lost 23-21 at home to Beccles to leave Graham Richard’s side third bottom of London Three North East.
For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.