Thurlow Nunn League Round Up

Halstead Town v. Lopes Tavares. Picture by Roger Cuthbert Photography

Woodbridge Town (2nd) and Godmanchester Rovers (3rd) were the only winners from the amongst the top 8 in the Premier Division. The Woodpeckers were being held 1-1 at half time by in form FC Clacton on Saturday but ran out 4-2 winners while Godmanchester came from behind to beat Haverhill Rovers 4-1 on Friday evening, with Cavan King scoring twice on his debut. Godmanchester and Woodbridge clash on Tuesday evening in Huntingdonshire. Leaders Histon were held to a goalless home draw by fourth placed Stowmarket Town.

Long Melford slipped into the bottom two after a 2-0 home defeat by Newmarket Town with Great Yarmouth Town exiting the relegation places following their 5-2 success over Walsham le Willows. There were other important results near the bottom of the table with Thetford Town netting a late winner to defeat Ely City 2-1 and Hadleigh United beating bottom side Framlingham Town 3-1.

Other Premier Division results on Saturday: Norwich United 0 Kirkley & Pakefield 0, Whitton United 1 Brantham Athletic 0, Wroxham 1 Gorleston 3.

It was a similar story in First Division North with Fakenham Town and Lakenheath the only winners from the top 9. Leaders Harleston Town were beaten by a first half Alex Walpole goal for Fakenham Town with the visitors moving up to third in the table. Second placed Mulbarton Wanderers were held 0-0 at Norwich CBS and Swaffham Town dropped to fourth after Shaun Avis scored twice on his debut for Lakenheath in a 4-1 victory.

Needham Market Reserves moved off the bottom of First Division North following their fourth successive victory, this time a 3-1 home success against Downham Town. Wisbech St Mary’s 3-1 loss at Leiston Reserves has condemned them to the bottom slot, one point behind Felixstowe & Walton Reserves, who lost their key home battle with King’s Lynn Town Reserves 2-1.

Other First Division North results on Saturday: AFC Sudbury Reserves 1 Debenham LC 3, Cornard United 3 Diss Town 1, Haverhill Borough 3 Ipswich Wanderers 4 (both teams had lost their last 7 matches).

In First Division South Hashtag United were without a game and third placed Halstead Town made most ground after beating Lopes Tavares 2-0. Second placed White Ensign (at May & Baker) and Harwich & Parkeston (at home to Frenford) were both held 1-1 while Hackney Wick won 3-0 at Coggeshall United in a match between two teams on the edge of the title scenario.

Newbury Forest moved off the bottom of First Division South following a comprehensive 4-0 win at Fire United, who themselves now drop to the bottom slot. Wivenhoe Town’s long run of 15 consecutive defeats was halted by a goalless draw at Burnham Ramblers in manager Gary Monti’s first game in charge.

Other First Division South results on Saturday: Holland 2 Benfleet 3, Wormley Rovers 2 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves 0