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Weekend round-up: Long Melford promoted to the Premier Division, while AFC Sudbury clinch third spot

GOING UP: Long Melford were promoted from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday
GOING UP: Long Melford were promoted from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday

Long Melford secured promotion to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division for their first time in their history at the weekend.

A hat-trick from top goalscorer Jamie Griffiths helped the Villagers ease to a 4-1 win at Dereham Town Reserves on Saturday, which sealed Premier Division football next season.

AFC Sudbury confirmed their third place in the Ryman League Division One North play-offs after a comfortable 5-0 victory against Redbridge.

Goals from Luke Callander, James Baker, Sam Clarke, Kris Newby and Craig Parker completed an emphatic home success and secured a home play-off semi-final a week on Wednesday.

Sudbury Cricket Club began their Two Counties Championship Division One season in style, beating Maldon by 217 runs on Saturday.

Centuries from new signing Tom Huggins (180) and Nathan Poole (114) led Sudbury to a total of 373-5, before a five-wicket haul from Ben Hyett (5-43) helped bowl Maldon all out for 156.

Sudbury Rugby Club missed out on a league and cup double after losing 27-24 to Stowmarket in the Suffolk Cup Final on Saturday.

Back to the football and Hadleigh United slipped to seventh in the Premier Division following a fourth consecutive defeat at the weekend.

The Brettsiders lost 2-0 at home to Thetford Town, while in the First Division Halstead Town won 2-0 at March Town United and Cornard United were beaten 3-0 at home by Downham Town.

In the Sky Bet Championship Norwich City saw their automatic promotion hopes dented on Friday with a 1-0 home defeat to fellow Premier League hopefuls Middlesbrough after an early Alex Tettey own goal.

Ipswich Town kept in the top six with a point at Mick McCarthy’s former club, Wolverhampton Wnaderers in Saturday’s early game, with Benik Afobe equalising a Richard Stearman own goal shortly after the break.

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