Wednesday round-up: Halstead FA Cup replay abandoned while Melford go top

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Misfortune prevented Halstead Town coming away from higher-league St Margaretsbury with a victory on Wednesday night as their match in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

Halstead had originally taken the lead through a looping cross that was fumbled in at the far post.

But after heading into half-time leading the tie, floodlight problems meant the Humbugs will now have to play against St Margaretsbury for the third time with the replay date to be confirmed, but expected to be Tuesday.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, reigning champions Hadleigh United came back from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Ipswich Wanderers.

They first levelled on 46 minutes through an Aaron Churchyard goal before Jorrell Hurd equalised after 84 minutes to secure the draw.

The result sees both teams remain unbeaten with Hadleigh only trailing in second on goal difference.

While in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division game Long Melford made it four wins from four as they entertained local rivals Cornard United, earning a deserved 3-1 win.

Melford took the lead against the run of play, Nathan Rowe converting a penalty earned by Will Wingfield, before Cornard then levelled eight minutes later through Jon Root.

Melford looked the better side in the second half and eventually broke through with two goals in six minutes after Ashley Skeggs and then Jack Durey scored, giving them a 3-1 win.

The win sees Melford return to the top of the table, ending Debenham’s short stay while Cornard are still looking for their first points of the season.