Weekend round-up: Cornard go a year without a league win while AFC Sudbury suffer fourth straight defeat

RECORD RUN: Cornard United manager Chris Symes.
RECORD RUN: Cornard United manager Chris Symes.
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Cornard United’s 4-0 home defeat to Swaffham Town on Saturday meant the Blackhouse Lane outfit have now gone a whole calendar year without tasting a league victory.

Two goals in each half saw Swaffham to victory as Cornard used their fifth goalkeeper of the season.

AFC Sudbury dropped a place to 18th in Ryman League Division One North, just three points above the bottom three and 11 points from the play-offs after a 4-2 defeat at Heybridge Swifts.

It was Chris Tracey’s side’s third straight league loss (fourth in all competitions) ahead of hosting sixth-placed Thamesmead Town at The MEL Group Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Hadleigh United are up to sixth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after a 2-0 home win over Gorleston, while Long Melford hit five at Stowmarket Town, winning 5-2, but Halstead Town’s game at Great Yarmouth Town was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

In the Premier League Norwich City got a point from their lunchtime kick-off at Aston Villa despite a dominant display, after Michael Turner’s 79th minute equaliser following Christian Benteke’s 27th minute opener.

Villa, managed by former Canary chief Paul Lambert, were reduced to 10 men after 52 minutes when Joe Bennett was sent off.

At Portman Road in the Championship Ipswich Town’s removal of Paul Jewell as manager failed to get an immediate response as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, in a limp performance that had the home crowd on their backs.

In the rugby Sudbury’s selection problems saw them go down to a 28-0 defeat at Canvey Island to leave them in the bottom three of London Three North East.

* For a full round-up of local sport, 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.