Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

It was business as usual on Saturday afternoon as Premier Division leaders Stowmarket Town left Whitton United with a 4-0 win. Wroxham are back to second after an 89th minute penalty from Simon Lappin gave them a 1-0 victory at Mildenhall Town. Stanway Rovers continue to impress and are third after beating Woodbridge Town 3-1.

In the battle between two in-form teams Long Melford suffered their first league defeat in 9 games and fell to 4th in the table after losing at home 3-1 to Thetford Town. The Brecklanders have won 6 of their last 7 games. Norwich United are up to 5th following a 4-1 victory over bottom side Hadleigh United. Newmarket Town are now in the top six with games in hand after coming from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at Haverhill Rovers.

With Mulbarton Wanderers’ match postponed Downham Town took the opportunity to move back to the top of First Division North by beating Haverhill Borough 2-0. New signing Robbie Priddle scored a goal in each half. Third placed Norwich CBS fell 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers, fourth placed Lakenheath’s match was called off and March Town United are up to fifth after a comprehensive 5-0 success over AFC Sudbury Reserves.

A special mention to Wisbech St Mary who had their first win of the season – beating Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves 3-0.

Little Oakley missed the opportunity to go top of First Division South after being held 1-1 at home by lowly Hackney Wick. Leaders Lopes Tavares’ game fell to the weather, while Holland moved into the promotion positions after a 90th minute Harvey Cowler goal gave them a single goal victory over third placed Wivenhoe Town.

Frenford are the form team of the division but left it very late to score their two goals in the 2-1 win at Burnham Ramblers. Harwich & Parkeston lost their unbeaten home record in some style. Despite going ahead they lost 7-1 to White Ensign at the Royal Oak.

Postponements on Saturday

Thurlow Nunn League matches off at Godmanchetser Rovers, Framlingham Town, Kings Lynn Town Reserves, Coggeshall United, Mulbarton Wanderers, Newbury Forest, Saffron Walden Town Reserves and Hadleigh United Reserves.

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