More midweek football in the Thurlow Nunn League this week with leaders Histon, winners of their first four matches, entertaining Ely City on Tuesday evening. The other two sides with 100% records in the Premier Division clash at Greens Meadow the same evening as Stowmarket Town take on Walsham le Willows.
Details of other matches can be found under the Fixtures tab on this website
Histon won 3-1 at Godmanchester Rovers on Friday evening to go clear at the top of the Premier Division. Behind them are three teams that have won their opening two matches and will be trying to emulate Histon and make it three out of three on Saturday afternoon. All are away from home – Brantham Athletic at Newmarket Town, Ely City at Long Melford and Stowmarket Town at FC Clacton.
Newly promoted Lakenheath are the only one of the 38 First Division teams yet to drop a point, but they are without a game on Saturday. Another new side head the North Division and Mulbarton Wanderers will hope to to still be in pole position after their match at Haverhill Borough. South Division leaders Holland FC are away to Frenford, another side yet to taste defeat, while second placed White Ensign entertain fourth placed Braintree Town Reserves.
The fourteenth season of the Reserve League also begins on Saturday with matches at Halstead Town, Holland and Stowmarket Town.
Friday night Thurlow Nunn League football returns this week.
At Bearscroft Lane early Premier Division leaders Godmanchester Rovers entertain Histon, another of the teams to have won their opening two league matches, while there is a Norfolk derby at Trafford Park between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth Town.
In the First Division North Ipswich Wanderers are at home to Cornard United.
15 Thurlow Nunn League teams remain in the FA Cup following Saturday’s Extra Preliminary Round matches, although some have midweek replays.
pictured above is the FA Cup at Haverhill before Saturday’s very local derby
The draw for the Preliminary Round on Saturday August 25th is:-
Basildon United v. Framlingham Town or Whitton United
Brantham Athletic v. Welwyn Garden City
Faversham Town v. Hackney Wick
Haverhill Rovers v. Maldon & Tiptree
Histon v. Eynesbury Rovers
Kirkley & Pakefield or FC Clacton v. Ware
Long Melford v. St Margaretsbury
Newmarket Town v. Hullbridge Sports
Thetford Town v. Godmanchester Rovers
Woodbridge Town or Clapton v. Hadleigh United
Wroxham or Saffron Walden Town v. Hoddesdon Town
This weekend sees the return of the FA Cup with all Premier Division and seven First Division sides stepping out on a journey that potentially leads to Wembley in May.
Thetford Town and Fakenham Town meet at Mundford Road to kick off the Extra Preliminary Round action on Friday evening. All other matches are on Saturday with a 3pm kick off, apart from the Haverhill Rovers v. Haverhill Borough derby which is being streamed live at 12.30 on several BBC platforms. The FA Cup will also be on view at the New Croft.
The two First Divisions have got off to an interesting start and have attracted good crowds – there were almost 300 at Harwich & Parkeston’s Tuesday night clash with Holland FC. The action continues on Saturday when Fire United become the final one of the new teams to make their Thurlow Nunn League debut. They begin at the National League ground of Braintree Town Reserves.
There is a busy schedule of midweek matches in the Thurlow Nunn League this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Premier Division sees several local derbies, including Tuesday evening head to heads between teams that won their opening fixtures on Saturday – Brantham Athletic v. Hadleigh United and Ely City v. Newmarket Town. Haverhill Rovers, who lost 4-0 at Histon on Friday will be hoping for better fortune at home to fancied Godmanchester Rovers, 5-0 victors over Wroxham. On Wednesday evening Woodbridge Town start their Premier Division return at home to Walsham le Willows, also playing their first game of the season.
The new First Division divisions got off to good starts on Saturday with crowds of around 200 at both Little Oakley and Harwich & Parkeston. On Tuesday Coggeshall United (at home to Little Oakley) and Hackney Wick (visitors to Hashtag United in their first ever home match) begin their Thurlow Nunn League careers while Brightlingsea Regent Reserves (at home to Halstead Town) play their first ever senior match. Wednesday sees Benfleet become yet another side to make their league debut, they entertain Frenford at Canvey Island FC.
The 2018/19 Thurlow Nunn League season begins on Friday evening with two Premier Division fixtures – Hadleigh United v. FC Clacton and Histon v. Haverhill Rovers.
Saturday sees Framlingham Town playing at Ely City in their first ever Step 5 game and there are the first ever matches in the new First Division North and South Divisions. Harleston Town, Mulbarton Wanderers, Lakenheath, Frenford, Newbury Forest, Hashtag United, Lopes Tavares, Burnham Ramblers, May & Baker, White Ensign and Wormley Rovers all make their Thurlow Nunn League debuts and there is a welcome return for Harwich & Parkeston as well as a first senior appearance for Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves. In addition Holland have their first league fixture on their newly revamped Dulwich Road ground.
Good luck to all
Paul Smith has agreed to step down as manager of Walsham le Willows Football club. The club would like to put on record our thanks and appreciation for Paul’s remarkable efforts in taking us on the journey from the Suffolk and Ipswich League to the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, the Senior Cup triumph, league titles and marvellous times along the way. His contribution has been immense and he will always be welcome at Walsham Sports Club, a true football man, outstanding individual and someone who has had an outstanding career as a player and manager.
We wish Paul every success in the future and once again thank him for his contribution to our club.
2018/19 Fixtures for the First Division South are now available on Full Time.
These can be viewed via the following link:-
Fixtures for a particular team can be viewed by clicking on that team name in the embryonic league table.
The League has been notified, by former officers of the club, that Team Bury has folded and will not, therefore, be competing in the Thurlow Nunn League going forward. Confirmation of the situation has also been received from Suffolk F. A.
This, of course, means that the Eastern Senior League Division 1 (North) will now also be running with 19 clubs for the coming season, but, as with the South Division, we will be making every effort to ensure that it operates at full capacity in the 2019/20 season.