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AFC Sudbury and Needham Market, if they come through tomorrow night’s second qualifying round replays, have been drawn away from home following this lunchtime’s draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, declared today’s 3-3 draw at Oldham Athletic as “a really good point,” despite his side conceding two late goals when leading 3-1 going into the final five minutes.

Oldham Athletic 3 Colchester United 3

Brantham Athletic 0 Eastbourne Borough 1

Even though Bury St Edmunds rattled up 70 points in their previous match, head coach Jon Curry insists that there is still big room for improvement.

Brantham Athletic are determined to enjoy one of the biggest occasions in their club’s history, when they entertain both the FA Cup trophy and Step 2 side Eastbourne Borough this afternoon.

Kane Vincent-Young has enjoyed a good start to the season, as has his Colchester United team, but he believes that there is still room for improvement.

Two of Suffolk’s leading lights, on the road running circuit, both enjoyed strong runs over the half-marathon distance at Sunday’s bumper Simplyhealth Great East Run.

Tom Lapslie is making good progress on his comeback from knee surgery.

Colchester Harriers enjoyed a one-two-three at the annual Dedham 10K road race, staged last Sunday.

Worlington’s hopes of winning promotion to the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League were dashed by a play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Saffron Walden on Sunday.

Framlingham Town were heading through to the first round proper of the FA Vase, until they were hit by a double whammy late on at Swaffham Town’s Shoemakers Lane in a second qualifying round replay tonight, losing 2-1.

Murray Commins and Hugo Stanton batted Bury St Edmunds to ultimate safety in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, thanks to a terrific unbroken opening partnership at Ashlyns Road on Saturday.

John McGreal has admitted that his Colchester United team has already exceeded expectations, with their superb start to the season.

Sudbury have achieved the ambitious goal that they set themselves at the start of this summer, by successfully retaining their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title.

The Simplyhealth Great East Run was a roaring success yesterday. A half-fit Carl Marston was one of a field of 3,500 entrants, and he survived to tell the tale – just!

Sudbury successfully retained their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title, by the narrowest of margins, following a final-day victory over lowly Norwich by 123 runs on Saturday.

Colchester United correspondent, Carl Marston, awards his ratings out of 10 after the U’s terrific 3-0 home win over Cambridge Unied yesterday, earned by goals from Sammie Szmodics, Frank Nouble and Courtney Senior.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was full of praise for Frank Nouble after the former Ipswich Town front-runner netted his first goal for his new club, in today’s 3-0 home win over Cambridge United.

Follow all the action and reaction as we bring you live coverage of Colchester United’s home EFL League Two match against Cambridge United

Colchester United 3 Cambridge United 0

Bury St Edmunds, fresh from a cracking win at Old Albanian last weekend, entertain Guernsey in their second National League Two South home match of the season at The Haberden this lunchtime (kick-off 1.30pm).

Sammie Szmodics has revealed that Colchester United have set a target of “not to going out of the top seven” for the rest of this season.

The famous FA Cup trophy will be at BRANTHAM ATHLETIC next weekend, to coincide with the Blue Imps’ historic second qualifying round tie against Eastbourne Borough (on Saturday, September 22).

Brandon Comley is set to go straight back into Colchester United’s starting line-up, after returning from an exhausting round trip to Montserrat at the beginning of this week.

Colchester United’s Sammie Szmodics is sure that former U’s player and manager, Joe Dunne, willl enjoy a good reception when he leads out his Cambridge United team at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday.

Athletics correspondent Carl Marston is travelling around the region (and beyond) running in different parkruns. This week he heads to Barking in East London

Witham wrapped up second spot, behind champions Worlington, in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, after a comfortable win over Maldon, combined with Woolpit’s narrow defeat to Mistley.

The countdown is on for this weekend’s eagerly-awaited second staging of the Simplyhealth Great East Run, in Ipswich.

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