AFC Sudbury have just one win from their last 16 games after they failed to unlock Witham Town in front of 198 fans at The MEL group Stadium on Saturday.
Emeka Onwubiko’s 10th-minute strike was all the Essex side needed to escape with a 1-0 win as AFC, despite showing the shoots of recovery, failed to find the target.
James Baker, the Yellows’ top scorer for the past two seasons, returned from a three-month injury lay-off and headed narrowly wide while Lee Boylan – who was later carried off with an ankle problem after a nasty challenge that got Lewis Godbold red-carded – struck the post with a fierce shot.
Hadleigh United warmed up for Saturday’s FA Vase third round tie by drawing 1-1 with Stanway Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
In the First Division, Long Melford were hammered 8-1 by Braintree Town Reserves, Halstead Town ost 4-0 at Saffron Walden Town and Cornard United were dispatched 6-0 at Whitton United.
In the Barclays Premier League. Norwich City beat Sunderland 2-1 thanks to goals from Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington.
Ipswich Town moved out of the npower Championship relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 success at Bolton Wanderers, with Michael Chopra scoring a last-minute winner after DJ Campbell’s penalty had cancelled out Mark Davies’ opener for the Trotters.