Sports review of the year: July - December

English Challenge Pro-Am at Stoke by Nayland.    Jamie Moul (pro).

English Challenge Pro-Am at Stoke by Nayland. Jamie Moul (pro).

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July:

n Cavendish’s Josh Meekings signs a two-year contract with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after impressing former Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher – the Scottish club’s manager – during a trial.

n William Turp, 17, and Callum Heath, 15, both from Gosfield, appeared at the Gosfield Niner water skiing competition before heading to the European Championships in the Ukraine.

n Cornard United owner Chris Symes pulled the plug on the club’s link-up with Braintree Town, 24 hours before Braintree Reserves manager Mark Sansom was due to take his first training session with the two sets of players under a dual-registration agreement. It was later revealed a mystery bidder was trying to buy the club.

n Sudbury’s ten-pin bowling centre, Strikes, witnessed its first-ever perfect 300 game, bowled by 17-year-old Miles Corney from Leigh on Sea.

n Sudbury Ladies Cricket Club finished seventh in the T20 league after beating Old Chelmsfordians by 14 runs.

n Stoke-by-Nayland golfer Jamie Moul was on course for a European Tour card after he finished joint fifth in his home tournament moving him into third place in the Challenge Tour rankings. He earned it in the winter.

August:

n There was anguish for double-gold swimming medallist Tom Cole, from Great Waldingfield, who was told he would not be able to compete in next year’s Paralympics. The news came after the International Paralympic Committee admitted it still does not recognise Down’s Syndrome as a stand-out disability category, making it near-impossible for Tom to achieve the qualification times.

n Long Melford Cricket Club beat Ipswich II by 56 runs to regain their position at the top of the table.

n Long Melford’s season began with a 3-1 defeat to promotion favourites Theftford Town at Stoneylands.

n AFC Sudbury’s Supporters’ Player of the Year Jemel Fox was hit with a 56-day ban – ruling him out for 14 games – by the Suffolk Football Association after two incidents while playing without the club’s knowledge in a six-a-side league in Ipswich.

n A late penalty from James Baker saw AFC beat Ilford 1-0 in their first home game of the season.

September:

n The chairman of the Football Association, David Bernstein lavished praise on AFC Sudbury’s youth facilities during a visit to King’s Marsh.

n Rising gymnastics star Tom Nicolaou, from Lamarsh, near Sudbury, scooped three silvers and a bronze medal at the UK School Games. The 12-year-old helped England to glory against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

n Sudbury Bowls Club wrapped up the season in style, by becoming champions of the SMT League as well as lifting the Benevolent Triples Trophy.

n Sudbury Cricket Club secured their East Anglian Premier League status after they beat title-chasing Vauxhall Mallards by two wickets.

n Eight-year-old Isibella Johnson became the youngest person ever to kayak from Sudbury to Cattawade travelling a total of 24.5 miles during Sudbury to the Sea.

n Manager Nicky Smith departs AFC Sudbury following a 4-0 defeat at Gray’s Athletic. He is replaced by assistant Chris Tracey.

October:

n Sudbury Rugby Club suffered their first defeat of the season losing 45-14 at Norwich.

n Great Britain Paralympic powerlifting hopeful Adam Alderman, who trains and works in Sudbury and lives in Sible Hedingham, won a bronze medal at an International Championships event in Dubai.

n AFC Sudbury crashed out of the FA Cup in the third qualifying round losing 1-0 to Eastbourne Borough of the Blue Square Bet Conference South in a spirited display.

n Cycle Club Sudbury’s Barbara Law, 67, overcame the odds to win a bronze medal at the World Duathlon Championships in Spain despite suffering a serious collision with a car during a time trial only two months before.

n There was a whitewash in the Widdop League as Sudbury Snooker Club C trounced their D side 6-0.

November:

n Halstead Road Runner Jonny Kempster completed the incredible feat of three marathons in four days. He recorded his fastest time in the last marathon in Brentwood finishing in 4 hrs and 27 mins.

n Million of pounds worth of footballing talent, including Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Aresnal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trained at Cornard United’s Blackhouse Lane ground ahead of England Under 21’s Euro qualifier with Iceland in Colchester.

n Former professional super middleweight boxer David Starie gave advice to up and coming fighters at Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club.

n AFC Sudbury’s four-match unbeaten run was ended by high-flying Enfield Town who beat the Suds 2-1.

December:

n Nineteen months after appearing at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road, Sudbury Athletic football club folded. The side had been running since the 1940s.

n The promotion dream was over for Sudbury Rugby Club who had not won enough games to bounce straight back from last season’s relegation.

n Cornard United manager Chris Symes said he was hopeful of selling the club in the New Year after revealing a fresh buyer had made an acceptable offer.

n Goalkeeper Danny Gay saved three penalties before scoring the winner in a shoot-out against Needham Market in the Alan Boon Cup.