2019/20 Club Allocations Announced by FA

The FA have announced club allocations for Season 2019/20 (subject to any appeals).

The Premier Division sees the return of three teams – Mildenhall Town (from the Bostik League), Swaffham Town (promoted from First Division North) and Stanway Rovers (from the Essex Senior League).

First Division North sees one new team – Sheringham from the Anglian Combination and two teams relegated from the Premier Division – Great Yarmouth Town and Framlingham Town. Harleston Town have not been included as they did not meet the Ground Grading requirements within the stipulated time period, although it is understood that they will be appealing the FA’s decision.

First Division South includes two teams new to the league. Barkingside and Leyton Athletic are both joining from the Essex Senior League

AFC Sudbury Retain Youth League Championship

Congratulations to AFC Sudbury Youths who won the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Championship for the third successive season after defeating Walsham le Willows 2-0 in the final at Diss Town on Friday evening.

Two late goals from Freddie King and Nathan Read secured the trophy.

Youth Championship Final on Friday

Friday sees the final match of the season when AFC Sudbury and Walsham le Willows play each other in the Youth Championship Final at Diss Town FC.

Th two Suffolk sides topped their respective Youth League Divisions and have won through to the Championship Final at the expense of the other divisional winners Dereham Town, Gorleston, Peterborough Sports and St Neots Town

Kick off at Brewers Green Lane is 7.30pm.

League Challenge Cup Final on Monday Afternoon

The League Challenge Cup

Bank Holiday Monday afternoon sees the 2018/19 League Challenge Cup Final between Long Melford and Fakenham Town. The Norfolk v. Suffolk match is at Diss Town, kick off 3pm – admission £6 and £3 for concessions.

First Division Fakenham Town have twice appeared in the final, losing to Halstead Town in 1995/96 and on penalties to Lowestoft Town in 2000/01. Third time lucky? On the way to this final they beat Wisbech St Mary and then won three successive penalty shoot outs against Swaffham Town, Kirkley & Pakefield and Newmarket Town. In the League the Ghosts have finished sixth, losing only twice away from home all season.

It is Premier Division Long Melford‘s debut in the final. In previous rounds they have beaten Woodbridge Town, Stowmarket Town, Hadleigh United and Benfleet. In the League the Villagers have had a challenging season, only confirming their Step 5 status on Saturday but they were one of only three sides to beat Champions Histon.

Should be an interesting final.

Hashtag United Presentations

Saturday saw various presentations at Hashtag United

League Chairman Peter Hutchings presents latest Thurlow Nunn Performance Award Plate to Hashtag Manager Jay Devereux with Evren Housin (Prostate UK) and Seb Carmichael – Brown (Hashtag Chairman) holding their Cheques. Evren collected another £724 on the day for Prostate UK.

Hashtag’s Jack Harrison with the two handled Eastern Senior League South Trophy

Leading Goalscorers

Premier Division

Valter RochaThetford Town 23
Josh MayhewStowmarket Town22
Kelsey TrotterWoodbridge Town21

First Division

Jack FriendWSM/March Town United32
George SmithCoggeshall United28
Karl SwanboroughBurnham Ramblers28

Reserve League

Elliot BallardStowmarket Town23
Jared ChambersWitham Town19
Brandon McKayHaverhill Rovers17

All Settled Now on Last Day of League Season

The 2018/19 League Season is now all over and final positions settled.

Swaffham Town – 2018/19 First Division North Champions

Swaffham Town won 3-0 at Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves to go top of the First Division North for the first time this season – the only time that really matters. They will be playing Step 5 football again next season. Harleston Town, who lifted the First Division KO Cup on Friday evening after swamping Holland 6-0, finish runners-up.

It was Great Yarmouth Town who unfortunately filled the second relegation spot from the Premier Division and will travel in the opposite direction to Swaffham. They drew 1-1 at Godmanchester Rovers but it wasn’t enough, particularly with rivals Long Melford winning 3-1 at Thetford Town.

Hashtag United were presented with the First Division South trophy following their goalless draw with Coggeshall United. The point secured the Weavers runners-up spot after close rivals Halstead Town crashed 4-1 at home to Wormley Rovers in front of a crowd of 342.

Woodbridge Town were presented with the Premier Division Runners-up Shield during half time of the First Division KO Cup Final on Friday evening and showed if off at Ely City on Saturday afternoon