Weekend sports round-up: Leiston do five-day double over AFC

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AFC Sudbury dropped another three precious Ryman One North points on Saturday, with Leiston getting the better of them for the second time in the space of a week.

Ex-AFC manager Mark Morseley’s side followed up their last-gasp 2-1 Suffolk Premier Cup win on the previous Tuesday with a 3-2 league triumph over their Suffolk rivals, both coming at The MEL Group Stadium.

In front of 389 fans on Saturday, Leiston took an early lead from a bizarre corner from ex-AFC captain Gareth Heath and were 3-1 up at half-time, despite only having three shots at Danny Gay’s goal.

AFC’s equaliser had come through James Baker’s header before they found themselves hit by another two goals from the visitors. In the second half Sudbury could not find the breakthrough, with Baker hitting the bar with a header before eventually stabbing home a consolation in injury-time.

In the Ridgeons League, Hadleigh United lost 2-0 at Dereham Town, while Cornard United lost 2-0 to new First Division league leaders March Town United at Blackhouse Lane.

Long Melford ended their poor league form with a 3-2 home win over Ipswich Wanderers, Danny Twyman (two) and Luke Wilson on the scoresheet for the Villagers.

Halstead Town also enjoyed a victory, 2-0 over Cambridge University Press, to get them back to winning ways.

In the Premier League, Norwich City are in ninth after a 2-1 win at West Brom with Grant Holt coming up with the late winner.

Paul Jewell’s worries continue at Ipswich Town after the manager saw his side throw away a two-goal lead at home to Blackpool, with Ian Holloways side equalising through Tractor Boys nemesis Kevin Phillips.

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