FA Vase Second Round Proper Draw

The draw for the Second Round Proper of the FA Vase has handed challenging ties to some of the Thurlow Nunn League teams .

League leaders Stowmarket Town have been drawn away to Colney Heath from the Spartan South Midlands League. Colney Heath have a 100% record in their league and knocked Long Melford and Haverhill Rovers out of this season’s FA Cup. Coggeshall United must travel to another side doing well in the Spartan South Midlands League – second placed Newport Pagnell Town.

FC Clacton travel to old foes Saffron Walden Town, unbeaten in the Essex Senior League, while Mildenhall Town will be away to another side from the Essex Senior League, Stansted. Stanway Rovers have been drawn away to Deeping Rangers, who are going well in the United Counties League.

The only Thurlow Nunn League side drawn at home to a team from outside the league are First Division Frenford. Their opponents will be Lancing from the Southern Combination, a team that have lost just once in the league.

There are three all- Thurlow Nunn League ties – Norwich United vs. Kirkley & Pakefield, White Ensign vs. Wroxham and Woodbridge Town vs. Godmanchester Rovers.

Matches are scheduled for Saturday 2nd November, although the tie at White Ensign will be played on Sunday 3rd November.

Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

Congratulations to Frenford, Mildenhall Town, Kirkley & Pakefield, Norwich United, FC Clacton, Woodbridge Town and Wroxham – they all beat teams from other leagues in this afternoon’s FA Vase ties.

Special mention also to Coggeshall United from First Division South who beat Premier Division Brantham Athletic 1-0, while First Division South leaders Lopes Tavares were beaten 3-2 at home by Premier Division Stanway Rovers.

These nine teams, plus previously exempt Stowmarket Town and Godmanchester Rovers, will be in Monday’s Second Round Proper draw. They will be joined by White Ensign if they can beat Buckingham Athletic in Sunday’s tie.

With most other teams involved in the FA Vase Stowmarket Town took the opportunity to go 11 points clear at the top of the Premier Division by winning 3-1 at Godmanchester Rovers. Newmarket Town are up to 6th with games in hand after beating Haverhill Rovers 2-1 in front of a crowd of 248.

Lakenheath are now third in First Division North after demolishing Needham Market Reserves 6-1 but in the next fortnight they face league matches at leaders Downham Town and 4th placed Diss Town and at home to second placed Mulbarton Wanderers (6-0 victors over Leiston Reserves), as well as playing Premier Division neighbours Mildenhall Town in the League Challenge Cup!

Little Oakley are back up to second in First Division South after beating Burnham Ramblers 4-1, while Barkingside fell to their first league defeat of the season, losing 3-2 at Benfleet with the home side scoring twice in the last 4 minutes.

First Division KO Cup Round 3 Draw

The draw for Round 3 of the First Division KO Cup is:-

November 5

Coggeshall United v. Harwich & Parkeston

Little Oakley v. Wivenhoe Town or Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

March Town United v. Downham Town

November 6

White Ensign v. Barkingside

November 13

Lakenheath v. Halstead Town

November 19

Debenham LC v. Norwich CBS

Diss Town v. Mulbarton Wanderers or Needham Market Reserves

December 17

Hackney Wick v. Burnham Ramblers or Lopes Tavares or Frenford

FA Vase This Weekend

It’s the First Round Proper of the FA Vase this weekend with 16 Thurlow Nunn League teams involved.

There are two all-TNL ties, both First Division South vs. Premier Division – Coggeshall United v. Brantham Athletic and Lopes Tavares v. Stanway Rovers – and both these matches are between teams that are not believed to have previously played each other in a competitive fixture.

All ties kick-off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, except the game at White Ensign, which is a 3pm Sunday kick-off.

Coggeshall Unitedvs.Brantham Athletic
Huntingdon Townvs.Frenford
Leighton Townvs.Hadleigh United
Lopes Tavaresvs.Stanway Rovers
March Town Unitedvs.Rothwell Corinthians
Mildenhall Townvs.Crawley Green
Northampton On Chenecksvs.Kirkley & Pakefield
Norwich Unitedvs.Peterborough Northern Star
Oxhey Jetsvs.Hackney Wick
Risborough Rangersvs.FC Clacton
Tring Athleticvs.Woodbridge Town
Whitton Unitedvs.Long Buckby
Wroxhamvs.Baldock Town
White Ensignvs.Buckingham Athletic

First Division KO Cup this week

This midweek sees 11 ties in Round 2 of the First Division KO Cup. It all starts on Monday night with Barkingside, unbeaten in the league, at home to Benfleet.

Monday 7th

Barkingside v. Benfleet

Tuesday 8th

Debenham LC v. Framlingham Town

Diss Town v. Great Yarmouth Town

Downham Town v. Fakenham Town

Hasltead Town v. Haverhill Borough

Harwich & Parkeston v. Cornard United

Ipswich Wanderers v. Coggeshall United

Little Oakley v Holland

Norwich CBS v. Leiston Reserves

Wednesday 9th

Hackney Wick v. May & Baker

White Ensign v. Newbury Forest

March Town United and Lakenheath are already through to Round 3, while the ties Burnham Ramblers v. Lopes Tavares or Frenford, Wivenhoe Town v. Brightlingsea Regent Reserves and Mulbarton Wanderers v. Needham Markert Reserves are being played later

Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

Stowmarket Town maintained their 8 point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 victory over Thetford Town. Norwich United are back to second with Finlay Barnes netting a brace in a 3-0 win at Haverhill Rovers, while a second half Simon Lappin goal was enough to give third placed Wroxham a 1-0 win at Ely City. Stanway Rovers climbed above their opponents into 5th place with a dominant 5-0 success over Godmanchester Rovers. New signings Curtis Haynes Brown, Daniel Cunningham and Charlie Gilbert made big impressions on their debuts for the Essex side.

Downham Town stretched their lead at the top of First Division North with an important 2-1 win over the team that had been second, Diss Town. Mulbarton Wanderers climbed above Diss after leaving Debenham LC with a 3-0 win. There were four goals from Craig Gillies in March Town United‘s 5-2 success against Ipswich Wanderers. The three points sees March move above their opponents into the promotion places.

In First Division South Lopes Tavares maintained their 100% league record by beating third placed Little Oakley 1-0 while Fire United gained their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at Harwich & Parkeston.

Big Games in the First Division on Saturday

It’s 1st vs. 2nd in First Division North this afternoon as Downham Town entertain fellow Norfolk side Diss Town while Little Oakley will displace their hosts at the top of First Division South if they can win in East London at 100% Lopes Tavares

Friday Night Football in Thurlow Nunn League

There’s plenty of Friday night football to choose from in the Thurlow Nunn League this week.

In the Premier Division second placed Woodbridge Town travel to Hadleigh United while FC Clacton host Brantham Athletic in a cross-county derby.

The First Division South sees Holland host Brightlingsea Regent Reserves while Newbury Forest are at home to Frenford. Halstead Town entertain May & Baker knowing that 3 points will take them back up to second place.

League Challenge Cup Round 2

Following results in Round 1 this week Round 2 of the League Challenge Cup now looks like this:-

Tuesday 22 October

Brantham Athletic v. Harwich & Parkeston

Brightlingsea Regent Res or Stanway Rovers v. May & Baker

Ely City v. Godmanchester Rovers

FC Clacton v. Holland or Ipswich Wanderers

Halstead Town v. Little Oakley

Mildenhall Town v. Lakenheath

Norwich CBS v. Fakenham Town

Swaffham Town v. Newmarket Town

Thetford Town v. Haverhill Rovers

Wroxham v. Norwich United

Wednesday 23 October

Hackney Wick v. Benfleet

Long Melford v. Whitton United

Lopes Tavares v. White Ensign

Walsham le Willows v. Kirkley & Pakefield

Woodbridge Town v. Framlingham Town

Tuesday 12 November

Stowmarket Town v. Leiston Res or Debenham LC

League Challenge Cup This Week

Long Melford – 2018/19 Winners

The Eastern Counties League Challenge Cup takes centre stage this week with some interesting First Round ties scheduled, including several inter division clashes.

Monday night sees the first match with Frenford entertaining First Division South leaders Lopes Tavares while holders Long Melford start their defence of the trophy at home to Hadleigh United on Wednesday evening.