Weekend round-up: Five-star Blues thrash Aveley in season opener, while Bury Cricket Club’s survival hopes dented after home defeat

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Bury Town thrashed Aveley 5-1 on the opening weekend of the season to install themselves as the early Ryman League Division One North leaders.

An Ollie Hughes brace was followed by goals from Ace Howell, David Lampshire and Bradley Barber, as the Blues came from a goal behind to start with a comfortable victory at Ram Meadow.

Needham Market began life in the Ryman League Premier Division with a 2-1 defeat to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday.

After giving away a first-half penalty, Luke Ingram redeemed himself to get the Marketmen back into the game after trailing 2-0, but the visitors held on to take the points.

In the cricket, Bury St Edmunds saw their East Anglian Premier League survival hopes take a dent after a seven-run home defeat to Vauxhall Mallards, while Woolpit’s winless run continued after they were beaten by six wickets by Swardeston.

In the speedway, Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ wait for a first away win of the season goes on following a 55-34 defeat at Rye House Raiders yesterday.

Back to the football and Walsham-le-Willows got their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division campaign started with a 1-1 draw at Hadleigh United.

Mildenhall Town lost to Ipswich Wanderers 2-1, Thetford Town were narrowly beaten 1-0 at Whitton United, while in the First Division Team Bury were thrashed 6-0 by King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

Ipswich Town conceded two injury time goals to begin the new Sky Bet Championship season with a 2-2 draw at Brentford.

While Norwich City’s first game back in the Barclays Premier League ended in a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.