Needham clinch the league title in style

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Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

Needham Market were crowned Ryman League Division One North champions after sealing the title in emphatic style with a 5-0 victory away at Chatham.

Knowing only a win would guarantee the championship, and with it promotion on the final day, the Marketmen left nothing to chance with a five-goal demolition in Kent courtesy of goals from Ian Westlake, Michael Brothers, Kemal Izzet, Sam Newson and substitute Ryan Crisp.

Mark Morsley and his side can now start preparing for life in the Ryman League Premier Division.

Meanwhile, Bury Town ended a torrid campaign with further disappointment after suffering a 2-0 defeat at home against Lewes.

The Blues ended the campaign bottom of the table and will swap places with Needham Market as of next season.

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Mildenhall Town suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Felixstowe and Walton United, while Thetford Town settled for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Wivenhoe Town.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town enjoyed a winning weekend overcoming Cornard United in a 3-1 victory.

In the cricket, Bury St Edmunds suffered a disappointing afternoon in the East Anglian Premier League as they fell to a 71-run defeat at home against Norwich.

Tyler Lortan scored 38 with the bat, while Justin Bishop managed to claim a seven-wicket haul.

Elsehwere, there was also disappointment for rivals Woolpit who slipped to a four-wicket loss to Saffron Walden.

Sean Dickson was the poick of the batsmen with 46 while Will Parker claimed three wickets.

In the Skybet Championship, Norwich City’s automatic promotion hopes will hang on bettering Bournemouth’s and Middlesbrough’s results on the final day after an 86th minute equaliser from Jordan Bowery at relegation-threatened Rohterham United cost them two points.

City played 65 minutes with 10 men after Lewis Grabban had been sent off, but had taken the lead through Gary Hooper’s 56th minute strike.

Only a swing in goal difference can prevent Ipswich Town getting into the play-offs after a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forrest.

Daryl Murphy put the Tractor Boys into the lead in the 25th minute, with Freddie Sears’ 83rd minute strike winning the game after a Christophe Berra own goal.