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

Cracking First Division KO Cup Final on the Cards Friday Night

Friday evening sees the First Division KO Cup Final at Woodbridge Town FC. The match is between North Division leaders Harleston Town and Holland FC from the South Division.

Both teams had impressive away victories in their respective semi finals with Harleston winning 2-1 at South Division Champions Hashtag United and Holland pulling off a 2-0 success at Harleston’s North Division title rivals Swaffham Town.

Neither team has appeared in a Thurlow Nunn League Cup Final before, with this being Harleston’s debut season and Holland’s third. It is also thought to be the first time that the two clubs have ever played each other.

Kick-off at Notcutts is 7.45pm with admission £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. No extra time, straight to penalties if scores level.

Easter Monday Football in the Sunshine – Big Attendances, Woodbridge Finish Runners-up, First Division North title goes to final Saturday ……

643 at Harwich & Parkeston v. Little Oakley was the biggest attendance of the day

Congratulations to Woodbridge Town who have clinched runners-up spot after results this afternoon. A Ben Garnham penalty was enough to give them victory over Whitton United and 2nd place was theirs once rivals Godmanchester Rovers conceded 2 late goals to lose 2-1 at Ely City.

The 3 points for Ely City has secured their Step 5 status for next season and the second relegation place is now between Great Yarmouth Town, who were pegged back to 1-1 in their derby at Gorleston, and Long Melford, who beat Haverhill Rovers 1-0 with a 90th minute goal from Ashley Skeggs. The Bloaters will need to win at Godmanchester next Saturday to have any hope of survival, hoping that Long Melford fail to win at Thetford Town.

The First Division North title is going to the final Saturday. Leaders Harleston Town won their last match at Cornard United 5-2 but will be overtaken if Swaffham Town can win at bottom side Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves. The Pedlars set up the finale after a crucial 2-0 win at third placed Mulbarton Wanderers.

Coggeshall United‘s surprise 2-0 home defeat to Holland in First Division South puts their runners-up ambitions in jeopardy. They lead Halstead Town on goal difference but their final match on Saturday is at Champions Hashtag United while Halstead are at home to mid table Wormley Rovers!

Hashtag United – First Division South Champions 2018/19

Congratulations to Hashtag United who clinched the First Division South title on Wednesday evening with a nervy 1-1 draw at Hackney Wick. Hashtag have been a credit to the Thurlow Nunn League and are promoted to Step 5 football next season.

The race is now on to finish runners-up and a possible second promotion place. Current incumbents Halstead Town slipped up by losing 2-1 at home to a much improved Wivenhoe Town in front of 309 spectators on Good Friday evening.

Coggeshall United will move above Halstead if they win at Fire United this afternoon. This is Fire’s final match of the season and they will finish bottom if The Weavers leave with 3 points.

36 game season, Hashtag v. Coggeshall Utd next Saturday

Also in First Division South this afternoon White Ensign play their final match at Basildon Sports Village – they hope to be ground sharing at Great Wakering Rovers next season