Weekend round-up: Baker at the double for AFC Sudbury

BRACE: James Baker
BRACE: James Baker

A brace from top scorer James Baker helped AFC Sudbury record a 4-2 win over Barkingside at the MEL Group Stadium on Saturday.

The Yellows’ other goals came from Jack Cawley and substitute Scott Mitchell, to leave them in 10th spot seven adrift of the play-offs.

Ahead of Tuesday’s visit of league leaders VCD Athletic (7.45pm), the club have announced the signing of left-footed experienced utility player Andy Heald.

The player’s former clubs have included Morecambe, Leigh RMI, Stalybridge Celtic, Radcliffe Borough, Leigh Genesis, Warrington Town as well as a spell as player manager at Salford City.

Heald has spent his career playing in the Northern Premier League and is working in the area during the week, with David Batch saying he has signed him up to help out over the next month.

‘It’s inevitable we will need extra bodies during this time for a variety of reasons and Andy’s leadership skills may help in some of those games,” he told the club’s website.

At the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Hadleigh United stretched their lead to 16 points by registering their eighth straight win with a 4-1 victory at Mildenhall Town’s Recreaction Way.

In the First Divsion Halstead Town lost 2-0 at Team Bury, while Cornard United went down to a 3-2 defeat at Saffron Walden Town and Long Melford lost 2-0 at home to Fakenham Town.

At Portmam Road Ipswich Town couldn’t convert an impressive opening 45 minutes against Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers into goals.

It cost the Tractor Boys the points in the second half, with some poor defending allowed Niko Kranjcar to gives the R’s the lead before goals from Gary O’Neil and Armand Traore.

A spectacular late scissor kick by Tommy Smith gave Ipswich a consolation goal as Mick McCarthy’s side dropped out of the top six to ninth ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Preston North End (7.45pm).

Norwich City are two points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat at Everton.

Gareth Barry’s 20-yard bullet strike and Kevin Mirallas’ free-kick secured the points for the Toffees.

In the rugby Sudbury won 12-3 at Old Brentwoods in London Three North East which keeps them in fourth.

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

* Follow the action at the MEL Group Stadium on Tuesday on our website with live updates from Russell Claydon at http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport