AFC Sudbury are in Monday’s draw for the FA Trophy third qualifying round after a famous 2-0 victory at Ryman Premier title-chasers Maidstone United.
David Batch’s side won 2-0 on the artificial surface at the Gallagher Stadium, the scene of May’s Isthmian League Robert Dyas League Cup final defeat to the same opponents, in front of a crowd of 1,423.
AFC’s top scorer Kris Newby scored both goals, the first seeing him head home Corey Davidson’s cross and the second coming late on in the game as he unleashed a 25-yard drive.
Maidstone had been reduced to 10 men shortly before the half-hour mark when Ryan Hewnshaw, who had been sent off in the final at Maidstone the last time the sides met, was involved in a heated confrontation with striker Jay May, which saw the home player sent off.
Before play was able to resume, Maidstone manager Jay Simpson was ordered to the stands.
AFC (8th) return to league action on Tuesday with Waltham Abbey (11th) visiting the Wardale Williams Stadium (7.45pm).
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In the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division Hadleigh United got back on track with four goals in the opening 28 minutes at Mumford Road sealing a 4-0 win at Thetford Town.
Cornard Untied, who were involved in a 5-5 draw at Needham Market Reserves the previous week, could not repeat their goalscoring feats in a 4-1 defeat at home to Great Yarmouth Town.
Fellow First Dvision sides Long Melford and Halstead Town met at the former’s Rosemary Lane with the home side beating the league leaders 2-0 courtesy of goals from Scott Yearling and Jordan Hutchings, the latter seeing the wide forward capitalise on a back-pass which goalkeeper Darren Moyes fail to control.
In the rugby, Sudbury remain at the summit of London League Three North East following a 32-12 win at Wanstead.
Graham Richard’s side host Cantabrigian at Whittome Field on Saturday in a top-two clash on Saturday (3pm).
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, including our Ipswich Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.