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.

Chell Trophy Semi Final Draw

The draw for the semi finals of the Chell Trophy is:-

Hadleigh United Res v. Cornard United Res

Stowmarket Town Res or Diss Town Res v. Walsham le Willows Res

Ties scheduled to Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Final scheduled for Wednesday 18th March 2020 at venue tba

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

Harwich & Parkeston v. Coggeshall United

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