Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 March 2010

AFC Sudbury still require three points to secure runners-up spot in Ryman League Division One north, while a goal in stoppage time rescued a point for Needham Market at Norwich United in their quest to win the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League.

AFC Sudbury still require three points to secure runners-up spot in Ryman League Division One north, while a goal in stoppage time rescued a point for Needham Market at Norwich United in their quest to win the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

AFC Sudbury 1 Enfield Town 2

AFC Sudbury were left needing three points to finish as runners-up after Enfield came back with two second half goals to snatch victory at Kings Marsh last night.

Crace had the ball in the net for the visitors early on, but it was ruled out for offside. Both Simpson and Driver missed good chances for the home side before Simpson ran on to Bethell's pass and sent a rising shot into the far corner of the net to put the home side ahead.

Crace put Enfield level when he slammed home a low cross from Marshall after a defensive mix-up. Enfield then won the game when the home defence were again caught square with Marshall passing into the path of Jones who sent a thumping 30-yard volley into the corner of the net.

Witham Town 3 Redbridge 4

WITHAM Town looked as though they were coasting to a win until, with just six minutes to go and having had the better of the play, they conceded three goals at the end of the game.

Witham took the lead after 14 minutes through Lowes, but the visitors soon equalised through Butterworth. Witham took control and McDonald scored with a powerful shot and Bowers, who had just come on as a substitute, put them further ahead just before half-time.

Just when it looked as though Witham were going to hold on goals from Collins (84), Butterworth (86) and Townroe (87) turned the game round completely.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Leiston 0 Stanway Rovers 1

LEISTON fell to their first defeat of 2008 following this energetic encounter. The home-side were enraged on 19 minutes when Cunningham was booked for diving when he appeared to be caught by Dennis inside the box.

Crane went close, as did Chenery, while Stannard made a great block to deny Ben Newson. Turner hit the bar in the second half while George and Chenery both headed straight at Church. The visitors snatched victory with nine minutes remaining when a corner from Dennis was headed home by Sam Newson.

Norwich United 1 Needham Market 1

NEEDHAM Market rescued a dramatic point with a controversial equaliser deep into injury time. Trailing to a 31st-minute goal from Goulder, a ball played into the area saw United keeper Hill drop the ball and sub Jay Dennis netted from close range as the home players appealed for a foul on the keeper.

United had the better of the first half and led through Goulder's looping header from a Shipley cross. After the break Needham applied the pressure and Ager cleared off the line from a Rhys Barber header and a Lewis Pemberton shot from 25 yards hit the bar, while Ferguson, Page and French all had chances to extend United's lead.

Haverhill Rovers 0 Ipswich Wanderers 0

WANDERERS failed to ease their relegation worries with this stalemate. Both goalkeepers were arguably the best players on the night, with G Hammond for Wanderers saving from Green and Shaw while Smith in the home goal acrobatically fingertipped over a 35-yard free kick by Barber and saved a diving header that was the first touch of late substitute Bird.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh Utd 3 FC Clacton 3

A THRILLING contest ended all square as hard-working Clacton came from behind to earn a deserved point after Hadleigh had gone 3-1 ahead.

Payne put Hadleigh ahead after five minutes and then Lee Smith hammered a second Hadleigh goal before Sean Hillier reduced the deficit before half time.

In the second half Knott headed a third goal for Hadleigh but Sean Hillier reduced the deficit after 75 minutes and then Paul Hillier equalised after 82 minutes with a hard shot which took a deflection.

Debenham LC 0 Ely City 1

ELY clinched promotion at Maitlands thanks to Robby Mason's spectacular second-half winner. Jamie Alsop had earlier hit the bar from a free kick for the visitors as Debenham struggled against a well-organised visiting side.

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