2015-16 YOUTH LEAGUE TITLES SETTLED

Biggleswade Town retained the Thurlow Nunn Youth Championship after beating AFC Sudbury 3-1 in Thursday’s Championship Play-off Final at Diss Town FC.

Woodbridge Town had lifted the Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup (The Merlin Saddleton Trophy) the previous Thursday, beating King’s Lynn Town 3-0 in the final, also at Diss Town FC.

PRESENTATION EVENING PICTURES

Trophies and cheques were presented at Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn League Presentation Evening in Norwich.

The presentations were made by Thurlow Nunn Director Gary Osborn with pictures by  Andrew Bourne Photography. 

Norwich United – Premier Division Champions (John Edridge, Manager)

Godmanchester Rovers - Premier Division Runners-up (Richard Cosby)

Stanway Rovers - Premier Division Third Place (David Prior)

Wivenhoe Town – First Division Champions (Mo Osman)

Ely City – First Division Runners-up (Robert Button, Chairman)

Great Yarmouth Town – First Division Third Place (Paul Hubbard)

Mildenhall Town – Challenge Cup Winners (Martin Tuck, Chairman and Dean Greygoose, Manager)

Norwich United – Challenge Cup Runners-up (John Edridge, Manager)

Haverhill Borough – First Division KO Cup Winners (Ben Cowling)

Stowmarket Town – First Division KO Cup Runners-up (Rick Andrews, Manager)

Brightlingsea Regent – Chell Trophy Winners (Mark Gridley, Secretary)

Godmanchester Rovers – Integrity award Winners (Richard Cosby)

AFC Sudbury – Integrity Award Runners-up (Chris Levitt)

HAVERHILL BOROUGH WIN THEIR FIRST EVER TROPHY

Haverhill Borough lifted the first trophy in their short history after winning the Thurlow Nunn League First Division KO Cup Final at Mildenhall Town on Friday evening. 

Although opponents Stowmarket Town never gave up they could not recover from being 3-0 down at half time and conceded two more goals in the second half. Scorers for Borough were Pruden (2), Lodge, Milne,and Staines.

 

FIRST DIVISION KO CUP FINAL ON FRIDAY

Friday evening sees the First Division KO Cup Final between Stowmarket Town and Haverhill Borough.

Neither club has previously appeared in this final and indeed it is Haverhill Borough’s first cup final of any kind. 

The match is being played at Mildenhall Town FC, kick-off 7.45pm. Entry is £5 (£2.50 concessions)

MILDENHALL TOWN WIN LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

It was Mildenhall Town that lifted the League Challenge Cup at Diss on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon in front of nearly 400 fans. They beat Norwich United 2-1 to deny their opponents a second consecutive League and Cup double,

The Planters took a first half lead through a Matty Daniels penalty before the Suffolk side surged to victory with two late goals from substitute Dan Brown, the second coming deep into stoppage time.

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Bank Holiday Monday afternoon sees the final of the 73rd Eastern Counties League Challenge Cup competition.

Newly crowned League Champions and defending cup holders Norwich United take on MIldenhall Town at Diss Town FC, kick-off 3.00pm.

The Planters will be going for a consecutive League and Cup double, something that has not been achieved since Sudbury Town managed the feat in 1988/89 and 1989/90. This could be the Planters last match with the Thurlow Nunn League before they move up to the Ryman League next season.

For Mildenhall Town this is their first appearance in the final of this competition but they have had a very good season, finishing strongly to claim sixth position.

THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER – IT IS NOW

League Chairman Peter Hutchings was out and about presenting trophies on Saturday with Godmanchester Rovers the first recipients before their match at Ipswich Wanderers. Godmanchester had won the Premier Division Runners-up Shield for the second season running.

Peter was then on to Wivenhoe Town where the celebrations for the home side started once the First Division Trophy had been handed over. It has been a fine season for the Dragons after years of struggle and congratulations go to Mo Osman and all the good people at Wivenhoe.

Runners-up Ely City received the First Division Runners-up Shield from the League’s esteemed former President Malcolm Nunn. Ely beat Halstead Town 1-0 with the Essex side just missing out on promotion in fourth place.

Great Yarmouth Town’s single goal victory over Team Bury on Saturday secured them third place and promotion back to the Premier Division with a renewed league rivalry with close neighbours Gorleston. The Bloaters had narrowly missed out on the final day last season.

Meanwhile Fakenham Town effected the great escape from Premier Division relegation. After looking dead and buried for a good part of the season the Ghosts dug deep and took 13 points from their final 5 games, finishing with a 1-0 win at Walsham le Willows on Saturday. Kyle Plumb scored the all important goal early in the second half.

The three points at Walsham took Fakenham above Swaffham Town and Thetford Town, who both lost their key relegation clashes. After losing their last four games Thetford have finished second from bottom while Swaffham have finished third bottom and must wait to see about the movements between Step 4 and Step 5 before they know if they may be granted a reprieve from relegation.

After a late season wobble the League’s most southerly club, Witham Town Reserves, finally wrapped up their second successive Reserve League title with an emphatic 10-0 win over Lowestoft Town Reserves.

GREAT YARMOUTH PRESENTED WITH LATEST TEAM PERFORMANCE AWARD


Great Yarmouth Town were presented with the latest Team Performance Award at their match with Woodbridge Town on Tuesday evening. The club received a cheque for £150 and the award plate (being presented above to Bloater’s Martin Sinclair by Dax Harding of Thurlow Nunn).

Great Yarmouth’s chosen charity the Anchorage Trust were also presented with a £100 cheque by Thurlow Nunn as part of the award, Below Ben Stones from the Anchorage Trust receives the cheque.

YOUTH CUP FINALISTS KNOWN

Following their victories on Thursday evening it is to be Woodbridge Town and King’s Lynn Town that contest the 2015/16 Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup Final.

Woodbridge won 2-0 at Brightlingsea Regent while King’s Lynn needed a penalty shoot out to overcome Walsham le Willows.

The final is to be played at Diss Town FC on Thursday May 12th, ko 7.30pm.

GODMANCHESTER SECURE RUNNERS-UP SPOT

Godmanchester Rovers made certain of runners-up spot in the Premier Division on a snowy Wednesday evening with an emphatic 7-0 home victory over fifth placed Kirkley & Pakefield. It was Goddy’s 18th win in their last 19 league matches.

The relegation position also became a little clearer with FA Vase heroes Ipswich Wanderers finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after their 3-1 win over Hadleigh United took them clear of danger.

With Whitton United already relegated the other two relegation positions will be filled by Norfolk teams. Swaffham Town hold a two point lead over both Thetford Town and Fakenham Town going into their final matches on Saturday. All three teams are away to Suffolk sides – Swaffham at Hadleigh United, Thetford at Felixstowe & Walton United and Fakenham at Walsham le Willows. Although there are three relegation places there could be a reprieve for the team finishing third bottom, depending on movements between the Step 4 and Step 5 leagues.

Despite going two goals down at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves Ely City made absolutely certain of runners-up spot in the First Division by coming back to win 5-2. The result means that Wivenhoe Town still need a point from their remaining two matches to be First Division Champions.