FA Vase 4th Round Draw

The draw for the 4th Round of the FA Vase has seen two of our sides handed ties away to teams from the Midland League. Previous finalists Wroxham must travel to just off the M1 in Derbyshire to face mid-table South Normanton Athletic. The Shiners, who have never before reached this stage of the competition, got their nickname from past associations with the ribbed stocking industry. They are unbeaten at home in the league this season.

Kirkley & Pakefield also travel north west as they were drawn away to Sporting Khalsa. The Willenhall based team are second in the Midland League and have won 8 of their 9 home league games this season. They reached the quarter finals of the FA Vase in 2016/17 and last season met Godmanchester Rovers at this stage of the competition. Although Godmanchester won the tie 1-0 they were later removed from the competition after it was found that they had fielded an ineligible player.

Stowmarket Town have been made joint favourites to win the FA Vase after being drawn at home to Glebe from the strong South East Counties League. Glebe from Chislehurst are mid table but have games in hand on teams above them.

The winners of Tuesday evening’s Stanway Rovers v. Woodbridge Town replay will be at home to Plymouth Parkway. The Devon side are second in the Western League, having won 11 of their 13 league matches this season, including the last 6 on the bounce.

The 4th Round ties are scheduled to Saturday 11th January 2020.

Four Thurlow Nunn League Teams in last 32 of FA Vase

There will be four Thurlow Nunn League sides in the FA Vase 4th Round on 11th January. It is the round of the last 32, with the North/South draw being made at Monday lunchtime.

Kirkley & Pakefield had a standout 2-0 win at Newport Pagnell Town with Cameron Russell netting twice in the second half. Stowmarket Town are also through after a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Stansted in front of a Greens Meadow record attendance of 429.

Wroxham needed extra time to see off Wellingborough Town 1-0 while Woodbridge Town and Stanway Rovers must go again on Tuesday evening after the two teams drew 1-1 at Notcutts.

The only side to lose out were FC Clacton who, despite a late comeback, lost 2-1 at home to Eynesbury Rovers.

FA Vase on Saturday

Saturday sees matches in the Third Round of the FA Vase with places in the last 32 up for grabs.

At least one Thurlow Nunn League side is certain of a place in the next round with Woodbridge Town entertaining Stanway Rovers. League leaders Stowmarket Town are at home to the sole survivors from the Essex Senior League, Stansted, while second placed Wroxham entertain United Counties League Wellingborough Town.

FC Clacton and Kirkley & Pakefield both meet Spartan South Midlands League opponents with the Seasiders at home to Eynesbury Rovers and the Royals away to Newport Pagnell Town

Cup Quarter Final Draws Made

The draws for the quarter finals of the League Challenge Cup and the First Division KO Cup have been made:-

League Challenge Cup

Hackney Wick v. Little Oakley

Ipswich Wanderers v. Stanway Rovers

Mildenhall Town v. Walsham le Willows

Swaffham Town or Norwich CBS v. Long Melford or Stowmarket Town

matches scheduled for Tuesday 4th February 2020

First Division KO Cup

Harwich & Parkeston v. Hackney Wick or Lopes Tavares or Burnham Ramblers

Little Oakley v. White Ensign

Mulbarton Wanderers v. Lakenheath

Norwich CBS v. March Town United

matches scheduled for Tuesday 11th February 2020, except for the mtie at Norwich CBS, which will be played on Tuesday 25th February 2020

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.