Weekend round-up: AFC Sudbury bounce back from cup disappointment to beat Thurrock
AFC Sudbury put their Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final exit behind them with an impressive 2-0 win at play-off rivals Thurrock.
After an extra-time defeat to lower-league Whitton United on Tuesday night, Jamie Gobbold’s side responded on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run in Ryman League Division One North to 12 matches.
New signing Luke Callander grabbed a goal on his debut in the 41st minute, before Craig Parker put Sudbury further ahead on 62 minutes.
Hadleigh United moved up to third in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division after winning 1-0 at FC Clacton.
Daniel Thrower scored the only goal of the game to stretch the Brettsiders’ unbeaten run to nine matches.
In the First Division, leaders Long Melford extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches with a 1-0 win over Leiston Reserves.
Sean Bartlett grabbed the winner to keep the Villagers one point clear at the top of the table.
Halstead Town are ninth after a 1-1 draw at home to Team Bury, while AFC Sudbury Reserves stay 14th after losing 3-2 against Braintree Town Reserves.
Bottom-placed Cornard United suffered a 6-2 home defeat to King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
Norwich City remain fifth in the Sky Bet Championship after sharing a 1-1 home draw with fellow promotion chasers Derby County.
Cameron Jerome had put the Canaries ahead in the first half following an eye-catching move, but goalkeeper John Ruddy fumbled a corner into his own net shortly after the hour mark.
Ipswich Town’s realistic hopes of a top two spot evaporated in the early kick-off on Tesside as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at new league leaders Middlesbrough.
Daryl Murphy had equalised Daniel Ayala’s early header before Albert Adomah put them 2-1 ahead going into half-time and on-loan Chelsea player Patrick Bamford hit two in the second half.
Brentford’s loss later in the day seeing the Tractor Boys remain a point off the play-offs in seventh.