Weekend round-up: Wins for AFC Sudbury and Long Melford while Hadleigh and Halstead draw

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A James Baker header in the 51st minute sealed an excellent win at Hastings United to see AFC Sudbury progress in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

David Batch’s side ended their Ryman League Division One South opponent’s six-game winning run in East Sussex to go into the hat for Monday’s third qualifying round draw (check back on this website for their opponents).

Hadleigh United couldn’t make it 11 straight wins in all competitions at home to Newmarket Town, drawing 1-1 in front of 143 people at the Millfield.

But the point still leaves the Brettsiders nine points clear of Gorleston in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with two games in hand, who won 2-1 at FC Clacton, ahead of hosting third-placed Haverhill Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

In the First Division the big talking point of the day was Cornard United’s home match with Team Bury being postponed due to being locked out of the ground after a dispute with the parish council.

In the top-of-the-table clash at Whitton United, Halstead Town twice took the lead in the first half through Andy Joslin before a freak goal from Anton Clarke in the 76th-minute saw the hosts equalise direct from a corner.

Long Melford won for the first time in seven games as they beat Downham Town Reserves 3-1.

Ipswich Town drew 1-1 with Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night after Daryl Murphy had headed the Tractor Boys in front.

Norwich City endured a rough afternoon at the Etihad Stadium in the Barclays Premier League as they were thumped 7-0 by Manchester City.

In the rugby, Sudbury’s winning start to the season was ended at fifth-placed Wanstead in a 17-8 defeat.

It brought to a halt a run of seven straight wins since their season kicked off.

* For a full round-up of local sports results, including the latest on the Cornard United dispute, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.