Weekend sports round-up: Long Melford through to Ipswich Town final while AFC throw away two points

LONG Melford were celebrating reaching the Portman Road final of the Suffolk FA Senior Cup on Saturday afternoon after beating Felixstowe United 2-0 at Hadleigh United via a brace from Dan Cann.

AFC Sudbury’s play-off chase suffered a setback when strugglers Great Wakering Rovers came from 2-1 down to snatch a point at The MEL Group Stadium on Saturday, but Sudbury Rugby Club did ease their relegation fears with a much-needed win at home to Wymondham.

The town’s football team went into half-time 2-1 ahead after a first goal for new striker Danny Charge and defender James Smith erased Great Wakering’s early lead.

But a disastrous second half in front of a good crowd of 283 saw Ryan Henshaw sent off for two bookable offences and the Essex side equalise for 2-2.

AFC were without Supporters’ Player of the Year Jemel Fox who had been revealed as the player to have had his contract terminated on Friday for breaching the terms and conditions of his contract.

In the Ridgeons League, Hadleigh United were without a fixture but Halstead Town beat Debenham LC to get back into the top six of the First Division courtesy of a late winner from Reis Farley-Hearn.

But it was a miserable afternoon for Cornard United’s youngster after they were trounced 10-0 at Thetford Town, with Matt Dixon grabbing four goals against the basement dwellers.

In the Premier League Norwich City earned many plaudits for almost taking a point off the champions Manchester United, but for a stoppage-time winner from Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs, on his 900th appearance for the Red Devils.

Canaries skipper Grant Holt had drawn the Carrow Road side level after another United veteran, Paul Scholes, had headed them into the lead.

Ipswich Town were unable to join Reading in becoming the first Championship side to win five game in a row this season on Saturday as they were unable to convert their chances at Brighton and lost 3-0.

In the rugby Sudbury overcame Norfolk side Wymondham 46-8 at Whittome Field to record their first win since December 17 and put them 10 points clear of the three relegation places in London 3NE.

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