From racing to rugby – where you can go to watch top local sport this weekend

Bury St Edmunds entertain Worthing at the Haberden and run out 20 - 10 winners.

Bury St Edmunds entertain Worthing at the Haberden and run out 20 - 10 winners. - Credit: Archant

There’s plenty of sport to enjoy in Suffolk (and its near neighbours), no matter what your interest.

Here is our weekly list of where you can go and enjoy some top weekend sport for less than £15 per person.

Football: Needham Market v Metropolitan Police

It has been a good start to the season for The Marketmen who sit fifth in the Ryman League Premier Division, English football’s seventh tier.

This weekend they take on Metropolitan Police, currently the team propping up the table in 24th. Both sides have played nine games but while Met Police have just three points (all from draws), Needham’s four wins and four draws have seen them tot up 16 points, putting them one point ahead of fellow Suffolk side AFC Sudbury.


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Saturday’s hosts have also scored 17 goals so far this season with the visitors having conceded 21, so hopefully it’ll be a win with plenty of goals for Needham come 5pm.

Venue: Bloomfields, Quinton Road, Needham Market, IP6 8DA. Tickets: Adult £10, concession £6, 12 to 16-year-old £3, under 12 free. Date: 3pm, October 1.

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Rugby union: Bury St Edmunds v London Irish WG

The WG in the visitors’ name stands for Wild Geese, obviously. Hopefully you would expect a team known as the Wolfpack to make short work of them.

In reality just a single point separates Bury from their visitors on Saturday, with London Irish ninth and their hosts 10th in the league table.

A good standard of rugby is promised as National League Two South is just the fourth tier of English Rugby, only one step below the lowest fully nationwide league.

It’s a good time to be involved with Bury St Edmunds rugby as well, as the last decade-and-a-half has seen the club make a surge towards the top of the pyramid – if they follow the trend of the last five years, another promotion could be in the offing.

Venue: The Greene King IPA Haberden, Southgate Green, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BL. Tickets: Adult £10, OAP and under 18 £5, under 12 free, members free. Date: 3pm, October 1.

Basketball: Ipswich Basketball v Chelmsford Lions

It’s another cup game for Ipswich Basketball this week after a 62-50 victory in the Patrons Cup against London Pioneers last week.

This week Chelmsford Lions are the visitors to Copleston Centre in the second round of the National Cup.

Another win would build up some good momentum ahead of the first league fixture on October 15 (also a home game).

Venue: Copleston Centre, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LR. Tickets: Adult £3.50, under 18 £2, under 11 free. Date: 5pm, October 2.

Horse racing: Sun Chariot Day, Newmarket Racecourse

Another packed afternoon of racing with tickets from £14.40.

Seasoned race-goers will enjoy the action just as much as those new to the sport.

Venue: Newmarket Racecourse, The Links, Newmarket, CB8 0TG. Tickets: From 14.40. Date: 1.45pm (first race) to 5.10pm (last race), October 1.

Motorsport: MG Car Club Championships at Snetterton Circuit

If you fancy a trip slightly further afield there’s some classic, high octane action to be had over the border in Norfolk.

Two days of racing organised by the MG Car Club is the entertainment this weekend with various classes taking to the track on Saturday and Sunday.

An open paddock also lets you get close to the cars themselves as well as giving you the chance to meet the teams and their drivers.

Venue: Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2JU. Tickets: Adult £15, 12 and under free. Date: 9am to 5.50pm, October 1, and 9am to 2pm, October 2 (gates open from 6am).

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