Weekend round-up: Long Melford wrap up title, while AFC Sudbury set for Brentwood play-off clash
Long Melford secured the Thurlow Nunn League First Division title with an emphatic 4-0 win against Downham Town on Saturday.
The Villagers needed just a point to guarantee going up as champions, and goals from Jack Durey (two), Jamie Griffiths and Steve Adams wrapped up the title in front of an impressive crowd of 298.
In Ryman League Division One North, a stoppage time goal from Luke Callander helped AFC Sudbury snatch a point at Soham Town Rangers.
Sudbury finished the season in third and now prepare for a play-off semi-final at home to Brentwood on Wednesday (7.45pm).
In the cricket, Sudbury kept up their winning start in Two Counties Championship Division One, beating Elmstead Grasshoppers by two wickets at the weekend.
James Poulson (4-22) helped reduce Elmstead to 182 all out, before Adam Mansfield (52) and Tom Huggins (33) made pivotal contributions to reach a winning score of 184-8.
Elsewhere in Division One, Halstead suffered their first defeat of the season after losing by 33 runs at Frinton II.
Hadleigh slipped to back-to-back defeats, losing by six wickets at Wivenhoe, while in Division Two, Long Melford were narrowly beaten by Copford.
In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Hadleigh United suffered a fifth consecutive defeat after a 1-0 reverse at home to Gorleston.
Halstead Town finished 10th in the First Division following a 1-0 win against Haverhill Borough, while AFC Sudbury Reserves ended in 14th after finishing the season with a 3-1 victory against Dereham Town Reserves.
Cornard United completed their season with a 3-1 defeat at Stowmarket Town to finish in 18th place.
In the Skybet Championship, Norwich City’s automatic promotion hopes will hang on bettering Bournemouth’s and Middlesbrough’s results on the final day after an 86th minute equaliser from Jordan Bowery at relegation-threatened Rohterham United cost them two points.
City played 65 minutes with 10 men after Lewis Grabban had been sent off, but had taken the lead through Gary Hooper’s 56th minute strike.
Only a swing in goal difference can prevent Ipswich Town getting into the play-offs after a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forrest.
Daryl Murphy put the Tractor Boys into the lead in the 25th minute, with Freddie Sears’ 83rd minute strike winning the game after a Christophe Berra own goal.