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NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Lowestoft edge Suffolk derby against Bury Town, Heybridge Swifts seal their Ryman North play-off place, while Needham Market slip out of the top five

PUBLISHED: 21:10 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:10 21 April 2014

Heybridge Swifts striker Jamie Guy

Heybridge Swifts striker Jamie Guy

James Ager

Needham Market have slipped out of the Ryman League Division One North play-off positions, the Marketmen’s 2-1 defeat at Soham Town Rangers being punished by Thurrock, whose 1-0 win at Ware saw them leapfrog the Suffolk side.

The only way Needham can get into the play-offs now is if Thurrock lose both of their remaining games and the Marketmen win their final game of the season at home to Chatham on Saturday.

Mark Morsley’s side took the lead with 10 minutes remaining through Brendon Heath, but were pegged back four minutes later when Buster Harradine equalised. Their fate was sealed in the last minute when Matt Simpson scored the winner for the hosts.

Heybridge Swifts secured a play-off berth as they completed the league double over a very young AFC Sudbury side, 5-1, at the MEL Group Stadium.

The visitors took the lead on 10 minutes when former AFC player Chris Bryan headed in from close range.

AFC were level four minutes later when Jordan Blackwell side-footed home a cross by Jamie Forshaw that was missed by two Swifts defenders.

Five minutes before the break, Heybridge regained the lead when Michael Toner fired home from the edge of the area after Sudbury had failed to clear their lines.

Five minutes into the second half Heybridge scored their third when a poor back header by Josh Carus was intercepted by former Needham Market Jamie Guy who shot home. Guy then added a second on 56 minutes, before Ben Newson sealed the win for the Swifts.

In the race for the title, leaders Witham and second-placed VCD will take their battle to the final day, following the former’s 4-1 home win against Wroxham and the latter’s 1-0 away victory at Redbridge.

In the Premier Division, Lowestoft Town edged the Suffolk derby at Ram Meadow, defeating hosts Bury Town 2-1, thanks to a double from former Ipswich Town defender Jack Ainsley and moved into fourth place in the table

In front of a crowd of 589 at Ram Meadow, play-off-chasing Lowestoft took the lead when Ainsley gave the Trawley Boys the lead on 20 minutes, only for Ross Bailey to hit back for the Blues. Ainsley struck the winner on 64 minutes.

As for Leiston, they lost 2-0 at home to Wingate & Finchley, conceding goals to Ahmed Rifat (45) and Leon Fisher (90).

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says winger Danny Rowe needs to get fitter if he is to feature more for the first team.

Sir Alf Ramsey was one of Ipswich Town and England’s greatest-ever managers. Some would say he WAS the greatest. Few reporters had the access to Sir Alf as former EADT/Ipswich Star and Green’Un editor TONY GARNETT enjoyed. Here are some of his memories

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we feature wins over Leicester City and Manchester United among others.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

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