Weekend round-up: Bury rugby take another step towards promotion

Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press
Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club remain top of National League Three South East after defeating fourth-placed East Grinstead 17-7 on the road on Saturday.

The Haberden-based outfit are inching towards securing at least a second-placed play-off spot, now being 10 points clear of third-placed London Irish Wild Geese with three games (15 points) remaining.

Loma Kivalu put Bury in front with an early try, while Tom Bird’s penalties kept the Suffolk side in charge.

The victory leaves them five points clear of title challengers Barnes, who they are set to travel to in their penultimate match on April 11, after hosting Chichester (7th) this Saturday (3pm).

In the football, Bury Town managed to hold on for a point at Tonbridge Angles to extend their unbeaten Ryman League Premier Division run to two games.

David Lampshire gave the Blues a first-half lead before an onslaught from the Essex side after the break resulted in a 78th-minute equaliser from Tom Parkinson.

Needham Market remain top and on course for the Ryman One North title after a 2-1 home win over Waltham Abbey.

Sam Newson gave them the lead before their advantage was doubled thanks to an own goal from Darren Williams, before a late strike from Jason Hallet for the visitors.

In the Thurlow Nunn League, Mildenhall Town lost 3-2 at FC Clacton in the Premier Division while in the First Division Team Bury lost 1-0 at Great Yarmouth Town and Stowmarket Town lost 4-2 at Downham Town.

Thetford Town are away to Whitton United on Tuesday, while Walsham-le-Willows host Godmanchester Rovers in the League Challenge Cup semi-final (both 7.45pm).

In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City moved to within three points of leaders Bournemouth with a convincing 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

In a devastating 14-minute spell starting on the stroke of half time, goals from Jonny Howson, Cameron Jerome and a Wes Hoolahan had the Canaries well in control before Chris Burke struck a 76th minute consolation.

Elsewhere rivals Ipswich Town climbed into sixth place with a 1-0 victory away at promotion rivals Watford.

Substitute Richard Chaplow scored his first goal for the club with a dramatic 90th minute winner to seal a vital three points.