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In his latest column, Don Topley discusses the fall-out from England star Ben Stokes’ recent court case, and offers his thoughts on how his return to the England fold should have been handled.

Mark Heath and his wife Liz visited the Leaping Hare restaurant near Stanton in West Suffolk for a Friday lunch.

David Southgate, a seven-handicap player, won the Coronation Cup at his home course by nine shots from three-handicap Greg Hills at Felixstowe Ferry, writes Tony Garnett.

Women’s National League

Crawley Wasps 5

Ipswich Town 1

Ipswich Town Women got their new campaign off to the worst possible start as they suffered a convincing 5-1 defeat to newly-promoted Crawley Wasps on the opening day of the new National League season, writes Kieren Standley.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier, Woodbridge Town suffered their heaviest defeat in two seasons as Norwich United came from behind to win 4-1.

Bostik North

Great Wakering Rovers 2

Felixstowe & Walton United 0

Felixstowe travelled south on Saturday for their Bostik North encounter at Great Wakering in confident mood, writes Barry Grossmith.

Benhall St Mary got off to a flying start in the Touchline SIL Senior Division with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Coplestonians, writes Will Ridgard.

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins felt his side deserved more after a 50-40 defeat to Workington in the Championship.

Rider power won the day, causing tonight’s Championship fixture betwen the Ipswich Witches and Glasgow to be called off without a wheel having been turned, writes Steve Waller.

The Suffolk and Ipswich League season kicks off this weekend, with Achilles bidding to defend their Senior Division title.

With three points under their belt from the season opener at home to Bury Town FC last Saturday, Felixstowe & Walton venture to pastures new in their first season in The Bostik North with a trip to Burroughs Park, home of Great Wakering Rovers this weekend, writes Barry Grossmith.

Andy Ball of Bury St Edmunds is the Suffolk senior champion. He won the Geoffrey Barnard Bowl with a round of two over par 72 at Woodbridge.

Martyn Cull will make his first appearance of the season for Suffolk in the crunch Unicorns Championship match against Lincolnshire, starting on Sunday at Ipswich School, writes Nick Garnham.

The Mid-Suffolk Road Race on the Willisham-Barking-Offton circuit was dominated by a seven-man break featuring local riders Owen Geeson (Fast Test), Stephen Clark (Ipswich BC) and Mark Powell (Stowmarket & District), writes Fergus Muir.

In his latest Flying Knee column, Mark Heath looks at the incredible few months of big-time boxing and MMA shows we have to look forward to in the region.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst fears the Carabao Cup upset at Exeter means he will need to bring in more new players than he expected.

Division Two South play-offs

Hertfordshire Cheetahs 44

Ipswich Cardinals 14

The Ipswich Cardinals’ season ended with a play-off defeat in St Albans, but they can hold their heads high after a fine season, writes Kyle Clark.

The Ipswich Witches face a stern test at Foxhall tonight as they face the Glasgow Tigers in the Championship (7.30pm).

In his latest column, Nino Severino discusses a little-known sport in which Suffolk have one of the very best talents on earth – and the Olympic dream the national side is chasing.

Ipswich Town legend Russell Osman has taken to Twitter to warn Blues’ boss Paul Hurst about the dangers of criticising his players in the wake of their Carabao Cup humbling at Exeter.

Suffolk referee George Byrne has spoken of his ‘immense feeling of pride’ after receiving his Match Official of the Year accolade in The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards, writes Nick Garnham.

James Biggs of Diss has made a clean sweep of all the Suffolk Golf Union silverware for 2018, writes Tony Garnett.

There were two good wins in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round for Long Melford and Hadleigh United, while Whitton United and Framlingham Town will replay after they played out a draw.

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Woodbridge Town 2

Clapton FC 2

Woodbridge Town forced a replay on Tuesday night at Clapton as George Bowman’s free kick in the fourth minute of injury time made it 2-2 after the Woodpeckers fought back superbly from two goals down.

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Stowmarket Town 0

Basildon United 2

Stowmarket Town bowed out of this season’s Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle after losing 2-0 to Basildon United at Greens Meadow, writes Alex Moss.

Southern League Premier

Leiston 2

Coalville Town 0

The Blues defeated Coalville Town in the opening game of the season at Victory Road on a perfect afternoon for football, writes Craig Cooper.

Bostik North

Felixstowe & Walton United 3

Bury Town 1

With the waiting and anticipation over, 567 supporters welcomed Felixstowe & Walton to their very first fixture in the Bostik North League at home to Bury Town under clear blue skies, writes Barry Grossmith.

After two very wet days, the Framlingham Tennis Tournament ended on a high note on Saturday with special celebrations for the 125th anniversary, writes Chris Clarke.

Leiston begin their seventh season at Step 3 level tomorrow afternoon in a new league as Leicestershire-based Coalville Town visit Victory Road for the hosts’ first-ever game in the Southern League Premier, writes Craig Cooper.

George Fricker of Ufford Park won the Mackenzie Cup as Suffolk junior champion with a level par round of 69 at Bungay, writes Tony Garnett.

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