Ryman League round-up: AFC Sudbury take a step closer to the title as Leiston slip up

Jack Newman, right, scored Sudbury's winner against Wroxham

Jack Newman, right, scored Sudbury's winner against Wroxham - Credit: Archant

A round-up of all the weekend’s Ryman League action, as AFC Sudbury take a step closer to securing the title.

Premier Division

Staines Town 2 Leiston 2

A late goal from Tre Mitford denied Leiston a fifth double of the season and all but ended their slender play-off hopes.

Mitford raced onto a Jack Bennett pass before beating Ashlee Jones for a share of the spoils with less than two minutes to go.

Staines took the lead on seven minutes after Jonathan Hippolyte crashed home from close range, but their advantage lasted just three minutes as Leiston centre half Joe Jefford headed home from a corner.

The visitors looked in control and went ahead on 61 minutes through a crisp 20 yard effort from Billy Clark.

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Staines pressed after Clark’s goal as Bennett saw an effort strike the bar, before Mitford’s late intervention sealed a point and eased the home side’s relegation fears.

Division One North

AFC Sudbury 2 Wroxham 1

AFC Sudbury need just two points from their last four games to guarantee them the Division One North title after beating Wroxham 2-1 on Saturday.

Jordan Blackwell released Joe Maybanks, who made no mistake in slotting past Wroxham goalkeeper Elliot Pride.

Sudbury soon doubled their advantage as Blackwell’s run saw him cross for substitute Jack Newman to slot home on 18 minutes.

Wroxham substitute Gavin Lemon then shocked AFC with a well-taken goal 13 minutes from time, but the hosts held firm to move to within two points of promotion.

Romford 1 Witham Town 0

Witham Town slipped closer to the bottom three after losing 1-0 at Romford on Saturday.

Romford’s Michael Gooch made a superb save as Witham started strong, and although they were on top for all of the first-half, they could not find a crucial breakthrough.

The visitors had the ball in the net in the 50th minute but it was ruled out for offside.

Romford scored the only goal of the game when Danny Crossington headed across goal for Michael Dixon to fire home.

Bury Town 3 Waltham Abbey 4

Bury Town’s winless run stretched to 11 games after they let a 3-1 lead slip in a disastrous second-half to lose 4-3 to Waltham Abbey at Ram Meadow.

Josh Mayhew gave Bury an early lead on three minutes, but their advantage did not last long as a defensive error let in Ryan Flack to score with ease to level for Waltham on seven minutes.

Bury were dominant and were soon back in front on 22 minutes when Ollie Hughes lifted the ball over the keeper, with Sam Reed making it 3-1 on 35 minutes.

Christian Assombalonga finished with ease in a one-on-one to pull Waltham back into the game after the break, and the visitors were level on the hour mark when he found the target for a second time.

Bury were made to pay for their poor defensive display in the second-half as Darelle Russell scored the eventual winner on 66 minutes for Abbey.

AFC Hornchurch 2 Brightlingsea Regent 0

Brightlingsea Regent’s hopes of reaching the play-offs took a big knock following a 2-0 defeat at top five rivals AFC Hornchurch.

Brightlingsea were unlucky not to take the lead when defender Josh Gould’s header came back off the post, before Hornchurch broke the deadlock when George Purcell converted a spot kick in the 63rd minute.

A thunderous long range shot from

David Knight in the 71st minute doubled

the lead for the Urchins to keep them in fifth spot.

Heybridge Swifts 1 Haringey Borough 4

Heybridge Swifts dropped into the relegation zone following a heavy home defeat at Haringey Borough.

The Swifts took the lead through George Cole’s 11th minute penalty, but it was all-square at the break after Dean Fenton’s 41st minute equaliser.

Heybridge disappointed in the second-half as goals from Nana Asamoah, Jorge Sambu and Anthony Macdonald sealed a 4-1 win for the visitors at Scraley Road.

Soham Town Rangers 1 Maldon and Tiptree 2

Maldon and Tiptree secured an away win at fellow mid-table side Soham Town Rangers, as Steve Ball’s side continued their good form in the second-half of the season.

Goals from Darren McQueen and Kieran Monlouis gave them a 2-0 lead, before Jordan Gent scored for Soham at the end.

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