Weekend round-up: Sudbury back to winning ways ahead of cup final

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AFC Sudbury recorded back-to-back wins with a 2-1 home victory over Waltham Abbey, ahead of Tuesday’s cup final at Maidstone.

Goals from Ben Thompson and Scott Kemp in their Ryman League Division One North fixture completed a good week for David Batch’s side ahead of their Ryman League Robert Dyas League Cup final with Maidstone United on Tuesday night (which can be followed live under the ‘livesport’ section of this website).

Hadleigh United’s lead at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division was cut to three points after a 2-2 draw at Norwich United.

The Brettsiders ended a run of three straight defeats but Felixstowe and Walton United’s win against Mildenhall Town ensured that their lead at the top was shortened by two points on Saturday.

Halstead Town kept up their push for Premier Division football next season with a 1-0 win at fellow promotion-chasing rivals Swaffham Town in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

Mark Bentermen’s side are five points clear in the top three promotion places after an impressive run of five wins in their last six matches.

Long Melford’s recent upturn in form continued with a 4-0 thrashing of AFC Sudbury Reserves, their fourth win in five.

Bottom club Cornard United suffered a seventh consecutive defeat after losing 4-1 at home to Fakenham Town.

In the Barclays Premier League Norwich City sacked manager Chris Hughton following boos greeting their 1-0 home defeat to relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The defeat left the Canaries five points and one place above Fulham in the last relegation spot with five games to go, and City facing the west London side next.

In the SkyBet Championship Jordan Rhodes continued to haunt his former club as the Blackburn marksman scored in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park that left Mick McCarthy’s side five points off the play-offs ahead of travelling to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Fourth-placed Subdury won 55-19 at home to Wisbech in rugby’s London Three North East in their penultimate game of the season.

* For a roud-up of sport in your area, including all the best reaction from Tuesday’s AFC Sudbury cup final, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.