Hunt's goal gives Woodbridge a boost

LOCAL SOCCER: Midweek soccer action from the local leagues with results and reports from the Jewson Premier League and Jewson First Division.



Woodbridge 2 Stowmarket 1

A SPECTACULAR stoppage time goal from Matty Hunt saw Woodbridge earn their first points for five league games.

It was a battling performance from the Woodpeckers who initially took the lead three minutes into the second half through the versatile Neil Calver, who latched onto a delightful throughball from Carl David and buried his shot into the corner of the net.

It took the opening goal to bring the game to life. Woodbridge went close to adding to their lead when Ben Miller volleyed over.

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The visitors gradually began forcing the pace, with Stuart Jopling striking a post before the home side survived the goalmouth scramble.

Stowmarket deservedly equalised 10 minutes from time when Jopling netted from close range. The prolific striker then missed an even better chance.

The last 10 minutes saw more goalmouth action than the rest of the game.

Woodbridge had a shot cleared off the line and Glyn Dixon leapt superbly to tip a shot from Glyn Roberts onto the post. In the second minute of time added on Hunt picked up the ball on the right and struck a rasping drive into the top corner of the net to earn a much needed three points for the home side.

AFC Sudbury 4 Ipswich Wanderers 0

AFC SUDBURY extended their unbeaten league season to 13 matches, but they needed almost an hour before breaking the stubborn resistance of Ipswich Wanderers.

In a first half there was one way traffic towards the Ipswich goal the home side wasted chance after chance.

Goalkeeper Stannard made three crucial saves from Bennett (twice) and Claydon and after the break the keeper denied Banya and Claydon.

Bennett finally made the breakthrough heading home a short cross from Tracey.

In an explosive next 20 minutes Sudbury added three more goals with Bennett finishing with a hat-trick.

Claydon created the chance for Betson to increase the lead before Bennett scored his second with a superb angled shot and then slammed home Banya's short pass.


Long Melford 2 Needham Market 3

NEEDHAM Market collected a notable scalp with a First Division win over high-flying Melford.

After 11 minutes Sandilands cut inside and round the keeper to score, but within a minute Melford were level when Judd reacted quickly to beat Holland from close range.

Needham restored their lead in the 35th minute with a quality four-man move that culminated in Briggs driving inside the near post.

Melford were reduced to ten men in the 70th minute when Howe was sent off for a second offence. Needham took full advantage when Wake easily scored with Melford appealing for offside.

Moments later Melford were reduced to nine men when Stalker was sent off following a tackle on Moore who was stretchered off. Pratt pull a goal back in the final minute.

Hadleigh 2 Cornard 1

TWO early goals proved decisive in this keenly contested Division One local derby at the Mill Field.

Cornard attacked strongly in search of an equaliser but Hadleigh's resolute defence stood firm.

The opening goal came after four minutes when a right-wing centre from Dennett was headed home from wide of the far post by Snell.

Nine minutes later a left-wing corner from Dennett was headed powerfully home by Miles Donovan.

Cornard reduced the deficit after 32 minutes when Ford took full advantage of a defensive slip.

Goalkeepers Wayne Donovan and Moyes then made good saves while Hadleigh were rescued by defender Snell when he headed over his own bar in the 51st minute.