Festive round-up: Blues hold Leiston to goalless draw

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Bury Town held Suffolk counterparts and former manager Richard Wilkins to a goalless draw at Ram Meadow on Boxing Day.

John Sands made his second debut for the club, but fed off scraps for most of the match, while Connor Hall — restored to midfield for the past two games after starting the season in defence — twice went close to opening the scoring.

He hit the post in the first half and was brilliantly denied by Danny Gay in the second, while Leiston also had their chances.

Seb Dunbar headed off the line from Joe Jefford and Josh Mayhew had the best chance of the whole match when he was put through clean on goal, but miscued his strike horribly.

Needham Market’s trip to Dereham Town was called off in Ryman One North on Saturday.

James Dean (two) and Halen Smith put Thetford Town 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go of their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Norfolk derby against Diss Town, but the struggling Tangerines fought back for a share of the spoils on Saturday.

Mildenhall Town lost 2-0 at home to Newmarket Town on Saturday, while Walsham-le-Willows earned a 2-1 victory over Haverhill Rovers on Boxing Day.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City saw their promotion ambitions dented as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at Reading.

A Hal Robson-Kanu penalty and Simon Cox strike saw the home side 2-0 ahead at the break with Bradley Johnson grabbing what proved to be a 71st minute consolation.

In contrast Ipswich Town remain second in the table following an emphatic 4-2 win away at Brentford.

A Daryl Murphy double and Paul Anderson strike had the visitors 3-0 up inside 30 minutes before Sam Saunders reduced the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.

Tommy Smith restored the three-goal advantage with eight minutes remaining before Saunders grabbed his second in the final moments.

The result leaves the Tractor Boys four points behind leaders Bournemouth with a game in hand ahead of facing Charlton Athletic tomorrow (Tuesday).