Weekend round-up: Long Melford top First Division while AFC Sudbury win at Redbridge

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A goal from former Ipswich Town midfielder Jamie Griffiths, his sixth in his 12 matches since signing in the summer, sent Long Melford back to the summit of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division at Stoneylands on Saturday.

The Villagers recorded a 1-0 win over King’s Lynn Town Reserves, despite a floodlight failure in injury time threatening to see the game postponed.

After a goalless first half, which King’s Lynn dominated, Griffiths broke the deadlock in what was to be the only goal of the game 53 minutes in.

Elsewhere in the division, Cornard United are off the bottom of the table after scoring five at Needham Market Reserves.

But they were only to take a point after conceding as many in a thrilling 5-5 draw.

Halstead Town drew 1-1 at Stowmarket Town to leave Mark Benterman’s side fifth.

In the Premier Division, Hadleigh United are fourth after Kris Rose’s early header was cancelled out by Stanway Rovers’ Karl Fondop-Talun in a 1-1 draw at the Millfield, which was only preserved thanks to a great late point-blank save from young home keeper Max Planck.

A goal in each half, from Ryan Hewnshaw and skipper Sam Clarke, saw AFC Sudbury continue their strong away form, with a 2-0 success at Redbridge, their fourth win in five in all competitions away from the Wardale Williams.

The result lifts the Yellows to the cusp of the play-off places, in sixth position in the Ryman League Division One North table ahead of hosting Ryman Premier Leiston at home in the Isthmian Robert Dyas League Cup on Tuesday (for live updates visit the ‘live sport’ section on this website, kick-off 7.45pm).

Ipswich Town lifted themselves to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship thanks to Tommy Smith’s 83rd-minute winner against former leaders Watford, but Norwich City’s poor form continued as they threw away a one-goal lead at the City Ground to go down to Michail Antonio’s injury-time strike for Nottingham Forest.

Sudbury Rugby Club were not in action with the league taking a break for cup matches, with the Whittome Field club having decided not to enter the RFU Intermediate Cup this season.

* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, as well as our Ipswich Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.