ST EDMUNDSBURY League side Bartons are celebrating reaching the Suffolk Junior Cup final at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road while Richard Wilkins Bury Town remain in fourth after beating Lewes 2-1 at Ram Meadow.
Manager Chris Tracey bolstered his squad ahead of kick-off by naming ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Jamie Griffiths and new recruit from Heybridge Swifts Russell Pond on the teamsheet.
AFC sped into a two-goal lead courtesy of strikes from Nathan Clarke and Dan Emmanuel, but their high-flying hosts levelled the game before half-time and went into the lead before a late James Baker finish earned the Suffolk side a valuable point.
In the Ridgeons League, Hadleigh United lost 2-1 to Wishbech Town and Halstead Town won 1-0 at Fakenham Town to move up to fourth.
Sudbury Rugby Club lost 15-6 away to second-placed Harlow to leave them right back in a relegation dogfight in London 3NE.
In the Premier League, a controversial Matthew Etherington strike saw Norwich City leave Stoke’s Britannia Stadium pointless, while Ipswich Town cruised to a 3-0 home win over strugglers Bristol City, with Michael Chopra, Tommy Smith and Andy Drury on the scoresheet.
Ipswich, now 14th in the Championship, travel to title chasers Southampton for Tuesday’s fixture (7.45pm).
* FOR a full round-up of local sports results, including match action and reaction, as well as previews to the week ahead and our regular Ipswich Town Talk of the Town column, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.