POTTERS Bar Town romped to a 5-1 victory over AFC Sudbury on Saturday to equal the club’s heaviest defeat in the Ryman League while Sudbury Rugby Club suffered a comprehensive 32-12 loss at struggling Newmarket.
Chris Tracey’s AFC have dropped to 8th following the defeat at the side who were 13th placed in the league going into the match, though Sudbury are one point of a play-off spot ahead of hosting second-placed Leiston on Saturday.
The Yellows face Leiston, managed by ex-boss Mark Morsley, at The MEL Group Stadium four days before that on Tuesday in the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter final (7.45pm).
In the Ridgeons League, one of the results of the weekend saw Cornard United take a point at in-form promotion-chasing Debenham LC (1-1) to take their points tally for the season into double figures (10 from 19 games).
Halstead Town, who had drawn 3-3 with Cornard on the road last Tuesday, lost 3-1 at March Town United on Saturday while in the Premier Division Hadleigh United drew 1-1 at Norwich United to leave them 12th in the Premier Division table.
Long Melford are celebrating making it through to the semi-finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup after taking Suffolk and Ipswich League side Achilles to penalties after drawing 1-1 with 10 men.
Goalkeeper Pual Wood was the hero in the shootout as The Villagers now look to book their place at Portman Road in the final, with the draw for the semis, to also include Felixstowe United, Whitton United and Grundisburgh not taking place until February 3 on BBC Radio Suffolk.
In the rugby, it was a disastrous return from the Christmas break for Sudbury, who were defeated 32-12 by bottom side and Suffolk rivals Newmarket to leave them 8th out of 12 in the London 3NE table.
In the FA CUP, Ipswich Town crashed out of the competition 3-1 at Hull City (Jason Scotland) while rivals Norwich City had a rare appearance in the fourth round draw after beating Burnley 4-2 (Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman, Steve Morison)
to set up an all-Premier League tie at West Brom (to be played January 28).
* FOR a full round-up of local results, including match action, reaction and previews for the week ahead, as well as our Ipswich Town Talk of the Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.