Weekend sports round-up: Baker’s brace helps AFC to away day victory

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AFC Sudbury moved back to within one point of a play-off spot with a 4-1 win at nine-man Cheshunt, while Sudbury Rugby Club lost 22-16 at home to Norwich on an emotional day when the club paid its respects to prop Josh Rix.

AFC had been trailing 1-0 at the break to strugglers Cheshunt but a second half revival, coupled by the opposition twice seeing red cards, saw goals from top scorer James Baker (two), Dan Emmanuel and Jemel Fox.

The Yellows face fellow bottom six side Waltham Forest at home on Saturday (3pm) and will be looking to secure a win to send them back into the top five.

At Whittome Field Sudbury Rugby Club held a moving one minute’s silence in memory of 23-year-old prop Josh Rix, who died of a suspected seizure in Australia earlier this month.

The re-arranged game ended with Sudbury losing 22-16 to leave then eigth out of 12 in London 3NE.

In Ridgeons League football, Hadleigh United strengthened their mid-table position in the Premier Division with 3-1 home win over Kirkley & Pakefield.

In the First Division, Cornard United could drop to the bottom of the table if Stowmarket Town win on Tuesday after losing to the basement-dwellers 2-0 at Greens Meadow. Meanwhile, Halstead Town’s bad run continued with Jimmy Holder’s side losing 3-0 at Brightlingsea Regent.

In the Premier League, Norwich City’s players received a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge after they held the west London billionaires to a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again this seasona at Elland Road, when Ibrahima Sonko’s calamitous mistakes cost the Tractor Boys dear as they shipped three goals in the final 25 minutes to lose 3-1 to play-off chasers Leeds United.

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