Weekend round-up: AFC Sudbury hit five while Hadleigh go nine points clear

TWO GOALS: Sam Clarke
TWO GOALS: Sam Clarke

A brace from Sam Clarke helped AFC Sudbury to a 5-0 success at home to Crawley Down Gatwick in the FA Trophy first qualifying round on Saturday.

After Clarke’s goals gave AFC a 2-0 lead at half-time, Ryan Henshaw, Ben Thompson and Ryan Swallow all struck in the second-half in a highly-confident display.

AFC will look to build on the performance when they return to league action on Tuesday when they host strugglers Ware (7.45pm) (follow @russclaydon on Twitter for live updates or click on the ‘sport live’ section of the website).

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United won a tight game against in-form Felixstowe and Walton United to go nine points clear at the top of the table, albeit having played three more games than chasers Haverhill Rovers and Brightlingsea Regent.

A first-half goal from Duane Wright proved enough for Stuart Crawford’s side, who host FC Clacton on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In the First Division Halstead Town were 4-1 winners at Needham Market Reserves to keep up the pressure on leaders Whitton United.

Cornard United were thrashed 8-1 at Dereham Town Reserves, while Long Melford lost 3-1 at Debenham LC.

There is a local derby on Tuesday when Cornard host Halstead (7.45pm).

In the Premier League Norwich City lost 4-1 at Arsenal to leave the Norfolk side in the bottom three.

Ipswich Town looked set for a draw at home to Sky Bet Championship league leaders Burnley until Scott Arfield’s late header condemned Mick McCarthy’s side to defeat, leaving them 12th.

In the rugby Sudbury’s impressive winning start to the season continued into the cup with a 35-10 home win over Cantabrigian, a side they host in the league on Saturday (3pm), in the RFU Senior Vase first round.

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