Weekend sport: AFC undone by first-half double while rugby club makes it perfect three

AFC Sudbury slipped to their fourth loss in their opening seven league games at home to Thamesmead Town (2-0) on Saturday.

Chris Tracey’s first home game in full charge, since Nicky Smith resigned, saw the Yellows go down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat, with both goals, in front of a crowd of 240, coming in the first half.

The result leaves the Yellows in 18th position in Ryman League Division One North, just four points from the bottom.

Meanwhile, in the FA Vase second qualifying round, Halstead Town knocked out Ridgeons Premier side Newmarket Town at Rosemary Lane, with a fantastic 2-0 win to bag the £700 prize money.

There was no similar giant-killing for Cornard United though, who lost by a narrow 1-0 scoreline at Ridgeons Premier side FC Clacton.

In the Ridgeons First Division, Long Melford ended a run of four straight league defeats with victory over Swaffham Town at Stoneylands, in front of a crowd of 45, on Saturday.

Hadleigh United are not in action until Wednesday, when they travel to Ipswich Wanderers in the League Challenge Cup Preliminary Round.

In the rugby, Sudbury beat Newmarket in a Suffolk derby at Whittome Field 19-15 to record their third straight win and maintain a 100 per cent record.

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