On a terrible afternoon weather-wise Histon stayed top of the Premier Division with a 4-2 home win over Norwich United after the visitors twice drew level before half time. Godmanchester Rovers slipped two points behind Histon after being held 1-1 by Whitton United, despite Charlie Bowen giving them a first half lead. Woodbridge Town are now up to fifth with substitute Mark Ray hitting a hat trick in their 4-0 win at Walsham le Willows. The Woodpeckers have now won 7 of their last 8 league matches. Bottom side Great Yarmouth Town secured their first home points of the season after beating Newmarket Town 2-0.
In First Division North a late goal from substitute Toby Oliver secured all three points for Mulbarton Wanderers in the key Norfolk clash at Swaffham Town. Leaders Harleston Town were held 1-1 at Lakenheath in the early kick off and whatever happens in the meantime it will be 1st vs. 2nd on Boxing Day morning when Harleston entertain Mulbarton. There were some big scores elsewhere in the division. Haverhill Borough beat Wisbech St Mary 7-1 with Craig Pruden netting a hat trick, and Downham Town came away from Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves with a 6-1 victory, despite going behind early on.
White Ensign won 2-1 at Halstead Town in the top of the First Division South clash. They came from behind to grab all three points via a very late winner from Dominic Locke. Hashtag United are now second after beating Newbury Forest 3-0. Perhaps the most surprising score in the division was Brightlingsea Regent Reserves winning 8-0 at Wivenhoe Town in their local derby. The victory gave Brightlingsea their first away points of the season and helped them to climb out of the bottom two.
The League has a new Twitter account – @ThurlowNunnL. This replaces the redundant @thurlownunnecl
It’s 2nd vs. 1st in the First Division South on Saturday with Halstead Town entertaining leaders White Ensign at the Millbank Stadium.
There’s also key games in First Division North with 3rd placed Swaffham Town at home to 2nd placed Mulbarton Wanderers in an all-Norfolk clash. Sixth placed Lakenheath entertain leaders Harleston Town in a 13.45 kick off.
Top game in the Premier Division is possibly the all-Suffolk clash between two in-form teams – Walsham le Willows v. Woodbridge Town at Summer Road. A possible banker is at leaders Histon. The home side have dropped just 5 points all season, while visitors Norwich United have lost their last 9 league matches. The Planters have a new Manager however – former French Under 21 International Cedric Anselin.
League Matches Only
100% at Home
May & Baker
Also unbeaten at Home
Kirkley & Pakefield
March Town United
Great Yarmouth Town
Wisbech St Mary
Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves
No points at Home
Great Yarmouth Town
Also no win at Home
No points Away
Brightlingsea Regent Reserves
Also no win Away
Needham Market Reserves
Hackney Wick FC founder Bobby Kasanga is to appear on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC2 this Friday from 10am.
There will be three Thurlow Nunn League sides playing in the Fourth Round of the FA Vase on January 5th 2019, and two of those will be playing at home.
In today’s draw Histon and Godmanchester Rovers were both in the North section and handed home ties against Midland League opposition, while the winners of the Stowmarket Town v. Swaffham Town replay were in the South Section and will visit either Tring Town or Biggleswade. Those two teams sit first and second in the Spartan South Midlands League and drew 1-1 on Saturday, replaying next Saturday. Biggleswade have already knocked Norwich CBS out of this season’s Vase competition while Tring Athletic eliminated Ely City from the 2016/17 competition.
Histon’s opponents are Lye Town from Stourbridge in the West Midlands. Lye last reached this stage of the competition in the 1995/96 season and are currently 13th in the Midland League, but with a better away than home record. Godmanchester entertain Sporting Khalsa, from Willenhall, near Wolverhampton. They play on a 3G pitch and are 6th in the Midland League, having already played six Vase ties this season. They reached the quarter finals of the FA Vase in 2016/17, winning 3-0 at Ely City en route.
Winners of these Fourth Round matches will receive £1.875 and will then be in the final 16.
It’s FA Vase Third Round weekend with five Thurlow Nunn League sides involved.
League leaders Histon play on Sunday afternoon, at home to mid-table Spartan South Midlands League side Leverstock Green, while the other ties are scheduled for Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
In an all Thurlow Nunnn League tie Premier Division Stowmarket Town visit First Division Swaffham Town while both FC Clacton and Godmanchester Rovers face top four United Counties League opposition. The Essex side travel to Deeping Rangers while the Huntingdonshire side are at home to Holbeach United.
The draw for the quarter finals of the League Challenge Cup is as follows:-
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Fakenham Town
Long Melford v. Stowmarket Town
Newmarket Town v. Gorleston
White Ensign v. Holland or Benfleet or May & Baker
Matches to be played Tuesday February 5th 2019, except the match at Long Melford, which will be Wednesday February 6th 2019
Congratulations to Bobby Kasanga of Hackney Wick FC for the BT Sports Award, presented to him live on air by Robbie Savage on Saturday morning.
The draw for the semi finals of the Chell Trophy means that there will be an Essex v. Suffolk final.
The semi final draw is:-
Stowmarket Town Res v. Walsham le Willows Res
Witham Town Res v. Halstead Town Res
Matches to be played on Saturday 19th January 2019