AFC Sudbury’s search for consistency continues

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AFC Sudbury’s inconsistent form continues as they slumped to a second successive defeat in Ryman League Division One North, going down 1-0 away at Brentwood Town.

In a frustrating afternoon, Sudbury, Sam Clarke’s second-half dismissal, after a second yellow card, proved pivotal as the hosts would go on to secure a late winner.

At one stage it looked as though the visitors would hold on for hard fought point after Alex Archer superbly saved Steve Butterworth’s 81st minute penalty, but it was not to be as Butterworth redeemed himself five minutes later to snatch a late victory and all three points.

Elsewhere, in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Hadleigh United saw their three game winning streak brought to an abrupt end, after narrowly losing out in a seven goal thriller, to go down 4-3 away at Kirkley and Pakefield.

The visitors found themselves 4-1 down before staging a late comeback, but it proved fruitless as the hosts held on for victory.

In the First Division, Long Melford had to settle for a share of the spoils following a goalless draw at Great Yarmouth Town, while Halstead Town suffered an emphatic mauling at home to Whitton United, losing 5-0.

In the npower Championship Ipswich Town are four points clear of relegation, but dropped two places to 17th after losing out to an 83rd minute Robert Koren winner at home to Premier League chasing Hull City at Portman Road, with four of the bottom seven winning.

Meanwhile, in the rugby, Sudbury’s hopes of avoiding relegation from London Three North East remain in balance after a narrow 18-8 defeat at table topping South Woodham Ferrers.

The defeat leaves Graham Richards side two points adrift of Wisbech and safety with a final league game away at fifth placed Cantabrigian.