AFC out of the FA Cup while Sudbury RFC make it a perfect five

ON TARGET: Luke Ingram scored for Needham against his old club
ON TARGET: Luke Ingram scored for Needham against his old club

AFC Sudbury’s FA Cup dream was ended in the third qualifying round at Suffolk rivals Needham Market on Saturday, but the town’s rugby team sealed their fifth straight win at Beccles.

Former Yellow Luke Ingram put Needham Market ahead with a deflected effort six minutes after half-time in front of more than 600 at Bloomfields.

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Ian Westlake then finished off a fine flowing move by lobbing AFC goalkeeper Alex Archer three minutes from time as the home side made their better chances count.

AFC did have a glimmer of hope after Jamie Forshaw pulled it back to 2-1 from the penalty spot in stoppage time but it was too little too late.

With no replay forced, David Batch’s men were left to focus on a Ryman League Cup trip to fierce rivals Bury Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United remain top after a 3-2 win at Stanway Rovers, thanks to goals from Scott Chaplin, Duane Wright and James Blades.

In the First Division, Cornard United earned another point to their tally with a 2-2 draw at home to Downham Town and second-placed Halstead Town beat March Town Untied 2-1.

AFC Sudbury Reserves lost 1-0 at home to Whitton United while Long Melford, who lost 3-0 to the same opponents at Stoneylands on Wednesday, had a free weekend.

In the rugby, Sudbury narrowly triumphed 17-13 in a top-of-the-table clash at Beccles to leave them at the summit of London League Three North East with five wins from five.

Hadleigh beat Haverhill and District 25-13 to leave them third in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division Two.

* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.