Can Anybody Stop Stowmarket?

Stowmarket Town continued their relentless charge towards the Premier Division title with a 3-0 win over Haverhill Rovers on Saturday. Stow are now 15 points clear at the top. Wroxham clung on to second spot with a last minute equaliser in their 1-1 home draw with lowly Brantham Athletic.

Long Melford had an impressive 2-1 win at Woodbridge Town and this seventh successive victory has seem them climb to the dizzy heights of third in the table. Stanway Rovers are down to fourth after their goalless match at Newmarket Town, the first points the Jockeys have dropped at home all season.

There was a goal fest at bottom side Gorleston where long distance visitors Godmanchester Rovers scored a last minute penalty to leave with a 5-4 win.

There are new leaders in First Division North after Mulbarton Wanderers scored two first half goals to win 2-0 at AFC Sudbury Reserves. Downham Town are down to second after crashing 8-2 at Leiston Reserves, despite being level at half time. James Gaffer scored a hat trick for the Suffolk side.

Cornard United came from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 at third placed Lakenheath, while fourth placed Norwich CBS saw off Diss Town 4-1.

Neither of the top two in First Division South were in league action on Saturday while Wivenhoe Town and Benfleet swapped third and fourth places after the Dragons gained their sixth home win a row by beating the team that had been immediately above them 2-1.

Leading Goalscorers

Premier Division
Ben FowkesNorwich United 12
Josh MayhewStowmarket Town12
Mark RayWoodbridge Town12
Jamie GriffithsLong Melford10
Liam JacksonNorwich United 10
First Division
Jack FriendMarch Town United16
Harry MannLittle Oakley11
Shaun AvisLakenheath11
Scott SlootsCoranard United11
Jiseph TaylorKing’s Lynn Town Res11
Ben ThompsonMulbarton Wanderers11
Reserve League
Sam SharpHadleigh United14
Harry ArcherWoodbridge Town12
Elliot BallardStowmarket Town11
Youth League
Connor SmithGreat Yarmouth Town11
Jay CreekHiston10
Benjamin LanshoffHiston/Newmarket9
Liam AblittHadleigh United9
Jorge PascoalEaston-Otley College9

FA Vase Third Round Proper Draw

The draw for the Third Round of the FA Vase has thrown up a cracker of an all-Thurlow Nunn League game with 4th placed Woodbridge Town drawn at home to 3rd placed Stanway Rovers. The two teams play each other in a league match in Essex two weeks before the tie.

The other four Thurlow Nunn League sides will play opponents from other leagues with Kirkley & Pakefield facing a tricky match at Newport Pagnell Town. The Spartan South Midlands League side are second in their table and knocked out Coggeshall United on Saturday.

League leaders Stowmarket Town are at home to the remaining Essex Senior League side Stansted, who beat Mildenhall Town on Saturday, while FC Clacton entertain Eynesbury Rovers, mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands League.

In the other tie featuring Thurlow Nunn League sides White Ensign or Wroxham will be at home to Wellingborough Town from the United Counties League. Wroxham were winning 3-0 at White Ensign in their second round tie on Sunday when the floodlights went out and the match is being replayed at Trafford Park on Wednesday.

Third Round Proper ties are scheduled for 30th November.

Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

There will be 6 Thurlow Nunn League teams in the last 64 of the FA Vase. Saturday saw excellent 2nd Round away wins against strong opponents for Stowmarket Town (a last gasp winner from Matt Blake at Colney Heath), Stanway Rovers (impressive 3-1 winners at Deeping Rangers) and FC Clacton (who had a 4-3 success in a thriller at Saffron Walden Town).

Woodbridge Town and Kirkley & Pakefield are also through after beating fellow Thurlow Nunn League opponents while the winners of tomorrow’s White Ensign v. Wroxham tie will also be in Monday’s Third Round draw.

The top 5 in the Premier Division were all in FA Vase action but in form Long Melford are now up to sixth after a Jamie Griffiths hat trick helped them to a 6-1 win over Hadleigh United – Long Melford’s sixth win in a row.

There are new leaders in First Division South after Little Oakley overcame atrocious conditions to win 4-1 at bottom side Fire United. Previous leaders Lopes Tavares were held 1-1 at Harwich & Parkeston, while Benfleet are up to third following their 6-1 win against Brightlingsea Regent Reserves. Next Saturday Benfleet visit 4th placed Wivenhoe Town.

Norfolk duo Downham Town and Mulbarton Wanderers have opened up a bit of a gap at the top of First Division North after important wins this afternoon. Downham Town beat Norwich CBS 2-0 with a goal in each half while Mulbarton Wanderers came from 2-0 down to score 4 goals in the final half hour for a 4-2 win over March Town United.

FA Vase This Weekend

Twelve Thurlow Nunn League sides remain in the FA Vase and they play their Second Round Proper matches weekend. Winners will find themselves in the final 64 of the competition.

Three of those places will be taken by sides from the league with Woodbridge Town at home to Godmanchester Rovers, Norwich United at home to Kirkley & Pakefield and White Ensign hosting former finalists Wroxham.

Those sides facing teams from other leagues face some tough tasks. Four of them are playing sides that are second in their Step 5 leagues – FC Clacton away at Saffron Walden Town, Stanway Rovers away at Deeping Rangers, Coggeshall United away at Newport Pagnell Town and Frenford at home to Lancing.

League leaders Stowmarket Town travel to Colney Heath, who are third in the Spartan South Midlands League, while Mildenhall Town are at Essex Senior League Stansted.

All matches kick-off at 3.00pm on Saturday, except the match at White Ensign, which has a 3.00pm Sunday kick-off.

Norwich CBS on form

An impressive 4-0 win by Norwich CBS against second placed Mulbarton Wanderers last night has lifted them into the promotion places in First Division North. They have won 7 of their last 8 league matches and on Saturday visit leaders Downham Town.

Another in form team in the division is Cornard United who have won 6 of their last 7 league matches.

League Challenge Cup Round 3 Draw

The draw for Round 3 of the League Challenge Cup is as follows:-

Tuesday 19th November

Godmanchester Rovers v. Mildenhall Town

Haverhill Rovers v. Hackney Wick

Ipswich Wanderers v. Woodbridge Town

Little Oakley v. Lopes Tavares or White Ensign

Norwich United v. Walsham le Willows

Stanway Rovers v. Brantham Athletic

Tuesday 26th November

Long Melford v. Stowmarket Town or Leiston Reserves

Swaffham Town v. Norwich CBS

League Challenge Cup This Week

Tuesday and Wednesday sees ties in the League Challenge Cup with several Premier Division vs. First Division clashes. Stand out fixture is probably Wroxham vs. Norwich United on Tuesday evening – 4th vs. 3rd in a local derby.

Tuesday 22 October
Brantham Athleticvs.Harwich & Parkeston
Ely Cityvs.Godmanchester Rovers
FC Clactonvs.Ipswich Wanderers
Halstead Townvs.Little Oakley
Leiston Resvs.Debenham LC
Mildenhall Townvs.Lakenheath
Norwich CBSvs.Fakenham Town
Stanway Roversvs.May & Baker
Swaffham Townvs.Newmarket Town
Thetford Townvs.Haverhill Rovers
Wroxhamvs.Norwich United
Wednesday 23 October
Hackney Wickvs.Benfleet
Long Melfordvs.Whitton United
Walsham Le Willowsvs.Kirkley & Pakefield
Woodbridge Townvs.Framlingham Town

All of the matches are second round ties, except the match at Leiston, which is an outstanding first round match.

The draw for Round 3 will be made on Saturday afternoon and released later that evening. Those matches will be scheduled to 19th/20th November

Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

Stowmarket Town pressure against Swaffham Town

Despite a lot of late pressure Premier Division leaders Stowmarket Town dropped their first home point of the season this afternoon as Swaffham Town held their hosts to a 1-1 draw. Josh Mayhew put the Suffolk side into an interval lead with a simple header only for a persistent Joe Jackson to equalise in the second half.

Woodbridge Town are back up to second after a 5-2 home win over Haverhill Rovers with Carlos Edwards scoring twice from the penalty spot. Norwich United drop to third after losing 3-2 at home to Long Melford, despite drawing level after going 2-0 down. Wroxham are now 4th are being held to a goalless draw at Trafford Park by Newmarket Town. Fifth placed Stanway Rovers had beaten Hadleigh United 4-0 on Friday evening.

With First Division North leaders Downham Town having been victorious on Friday evening second placed Mulbarton Wanderers continued their good form with a 3-1 home win over Ipswich Wanderers. Third placed Lakenheath had their second impressive 3-0 away win in 4 days. On Tuesday they won at Downham and today it was at 4th placed Diss Town. Next Saturday it’s Lakenheath v. Mulbarton!

In the tospy turvy First Division South Lopes Tavares dropped their first points of the season with Mason Shave scoring the only goal of the game in the first half for visitors Benfleet. Wivenhoe Town moved into the promotion places after beating bottom side Fire United 6-0.