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

FA Vase This Weekend

It’s the First Round Proper of the FA Vase this weekend with 16 Thurlow Nunn League teams involved.

There are two all-TNL ties, both First Division South vs. Premier Division – Coggeshall United v. Brantham Athletic and Lopes Tavares v. Stanway Rovers – and both these matches are between teams that are not believed to have previously played each other in a competitive fixture.

All ties kick-off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, except the game at White Ensign, which is a 3pm Sunday kick-off.

Coggeshall Unitedvs.Brantham Athletic
Huntingdon Townvs.Frenford
Leighton Townvs.Hadleigh United
Lopes Tavaresvs.Stanway Rovers
March Town Unitedvs.Rothwell Corinthians
Mildenhall Townvs.Crawley Green
Northampton On Chenecksvs.Kirkley & Pakefield
Norwich Unitedvs.Peterborough Northern Star
Oxhey Jetsvs.Hackney Wick
Risborough Rangersvs.FC Clacton
Tring Athleticvs.Woodbridge Town
Whitton Unitedvs.Long Buckby
Wroxhamvs.Baldock Town
White Ensignvs.Buckingham Athletic

First Division KO Cup this week

This midweek sees 11 ties in Round 2 of the First Division KO Cup. It all starts on Monday night with Barkingside, unbeaten in the league, at home to Benfleet.

Monday 7th

Barkingside v. Benfleet

Tuesday 8th

Debenham LC v. Framlingham Town

Diss Town v. Great Yarmouth Town

Downham Town v. Fakenham Town

Hasltead Town v. Haverhill Borough

Harwich & Parkeston v. Cornard United

Ipswich Wanderers v. Coggeshall United

Little Oakley v Holland

Norwich CBS v. Leiston Reserves

Wednesday 9th

Hackney Wick v. May & Baker

White Ensign v. Newbury Forest

March Town United and Lakenheath are already through to Round 3, while the ties Burnham Ramblers v. Lopes Tavares or Frenford, Wivenhoe Town v. Brightlingsea Regent Reserves and Mulbarton Wanderers v. Needham Markert Reserves are being played later

Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League

Stowmarket Town maintained their 8 point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 victory over Thetford Town. Norwich United are back to second with Finlay Barnes netting a brace in a 3-0 win at Haverhill Rovers, while a second half Simon Lappin goal was enough to give third placed Wroxham a 1-0 win at Ely City. Stanway Rovers climbed above their opponents into 5th place with a dominant 5-0 success over Godmanchester Rovers. New signings Curtis Haynes Brown, Daniel Cunningham and Charlie Gilbert made big impressions on their debuts for the Essex side.

Downham Town stretched their lead at the top of First Division North with an important 2-1 win over the team that had been second, Diss Town. Mulbarton Wanderers climbed above Diss after leaving Debenham LC with a 3-0 win. There were four goals from Craig Gillies in March Town United‘s 5-2 success against Ipswich Wanderers. The three points sees March move above their opponents into the promotion places.

In First Division South Lopes Tavares maintained their 100% league record by beating third placed Little Oakley 1-0 while Fire United gained their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at Harwich & Parkeston.

Big Games in the First Division on Saturday

It’s 1st vs. 2nd in First Division North this afternoon as Downham Town entertain fellow Norfolk side Diss Town while Little Oakley will displace their hosts at the top of First Division South if they can win in East London at 100% Lopes Tavares