Weekend round-up: Bury clinch title in style, while Blues draw at leaders

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Bury St Edmunds clinched celebrated lifting rugby’s London One North title in style by dismantling Luton 59-0 at The Haberden on Saturday.

In front of a bumper crowd, boosted by several people using a voucher from the Free Press to get in for nothing, Will Martin scored a hat-trick of tries as Bury produced one of their best performances of a memorable season.

In London Two North East, Stowmarket won 15-10 at Old Streetonians to give themselves a chance of surviving relegation ahead of the last round of matches.

Stow have completed their league programme though, so must rely on a defeat for either Saffron Walden or Lowestoft and Yarmouth.

Thurston finished a miserable Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division One campaign with a 44-7 loss at Southwold.

In football, Bury Town earned a 2-2 draw at league leaders Whitehawk to keep their Ryman Premier play-off bid alive.

The Blues — who host Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) — took the lead through John Sands, but fell behind before Russell Short’s first goal of the season snatched them a point against their hosts, who had been reduced to 10 men.

Needham Market lost 5-0 at home to Thamesmead Town in Ryman One North, the same scoreline Walsham-le-Willows suffered in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division at the hands of leaders Dereham Town.

Mildenhall Town were beaten 2-1 by Stanway Rovers in the other Premier Division fixture involving one of our sides, while Stowmarket Town came from behind to edge out Debenham LC 2-1 in the First Division.

Team Bury’s clash with Downham Town was postponed.

In the Barclays Premier League, Norwich City were leading at Arsenal 1-0, only to lose 3-1 at the Emirates.

City remain four points from the relegation zone but in 14th place with five games to go.

In the npower Championship Ipswich Town are also four points clear of relegation, but dropped two places to 17th after losing out to an 83rd-minute Robert Koren winner at home to Premier League-chasing Hull City at Portman Road, with four of the bottom seven winning.

In speedway, the Mildenhall Fen Tigers recorded their first victory of the season, defeating the Stoke Potters 55-37 thanks to a paid maximum from Jon Armstrong.