Weekend round-up: AFC see off play-off challengers Brentwood while Sudbury Rugby Club defeat bottom side

IT WAS a good weekend for the town’s football and rugby teams as both enjoyed solid home wins, AFC beating Brentwood 1-0 and Suds overcoming Campion 36-5.

The three crucial points for Chris Tracey’s AFC, courtesy of a goal on his home debut for ex Ipswich Town midfielder Jamie Griffiths, doesn’t move Sudbury into the play-off spots but makes up vital ground on opponents Brentwood.

Griffiths headed the only goal of the game after 40 minutes although Richard Howell hit the post in the second half and Nathan Clarke had clipped the top of the bar in the first period.

In the Ridgeons League local derby at Rosemary Lane, a crowd of 83 saw Halstead Town hit four unanswered goals past basement dwellers Cornard United.

Long Melford, who hope to have their off-the-field position in regards to their holding company being dissolved cleared up soon, beat Downham Town 2-0 at Stoneylands (attendance 61) to put them a point off 10th.

In the Premier Division Hadleigh United lost 3-1 at home to league leaderss Ely City in front of a crowd of 106.

In the rugby Sudbury’s 36-5 win over bottom side Campion puts them 10 points clear of the relegation places in London 3NE.

There was dissapointment for both the town’s mens and ladies first teams in the hockey, with the promotion-chasing men losing 4-3 at Cambridge City III and the relegation-threatened women going down 3-2 at home to Lincoln’s first team.

In the Premier League football yesterday Norwich City saw a Victor Moses strike after 68 minutes cancel out Wes Hoolahan’s first-half goal to mean the points were shared at Carrow Road in a 1-1 draw with the bottom side.

Ipswich Town came from 2-0 down at play-off chasers Hull City with club captain Grant Leadbitter despatching both goals, the first from the penalty spot and the second a 25 yard rocket into the roof of the net.

* FOR a full round-up of local sports results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, including our Talk of the Town Ipswich Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.