Weekend round-up: Parker penalty miss could prove costly for Bury

PENALTY MISS: Craig Parker
PENALTY MISS: Craig Parker
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Bury Town missed out on the chance to make vital ground on fifth-place as Craig Parker missed a penalty in a goalless draw with title-chasers Wealdstone.

Richard Wilkins’ side could have gone four points behind Margate in the chase for a fifth-place play-off spot with six games to go after their 4-0 defeat at Carshalton Athletic.

But much-improved Bury had to be content with a point after Parker put his penalty kick over the bar in the first half.

Title-chasers Maldon and Tiptree beat Mark Morsley’s Needham Market 1-0 while Gorleston and Walsham-le-Willows played out a goalless draw.

Things look bleak for Thetford Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after the relegation-threatened side lost 3-1 at home to Hadleigh United and Stowmarket Town lost 4-0 at promotion-chasing Newmarket Town in the First Division.

In the rugby Bury St Edmunds’ quest to go a whole season unbeaten will come down to the last game after thrashing Becaonsfield away from home 108-5.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ speedway season got under way on Sunday with the National League grand slam winners suffering a narrow 45-41 National Shield first leg home defeat to Dudley Heathens.

In the Championship Ipswich Town moved up to the heady heights of 14th after a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Derby County.

Scott Loach saved a penalty with his legs in the first half before a controversial offside flag ruled out a Derby opener in the second half.

Despite having far less of the game, Carlos Edwards broke from inside his own half in the 93rd minute and sent a 25-yard drive beyond the goalkeeper for the winner. Mick McCarthy’s side are now six points clear of the relegation zone.

A 2-2 draw for hosts Norwich City against League Cup winners Swansea City in the Premier League saw the Canaries inch a point closer to safety, now in 14th and four points above the drop zone.

* For a full round-up of local results, including a chance to win tickets to Bury St Edmunds RFC’s potentially historic last game against Luton, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.