TUESDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IN THE THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

Tuesday night football sees an interesting local derby with Newmarket Town entertaining Mildenhall Town. Newmarket are so far unbeaten in the league and their visitors are fresh from an impressive 5-2 FA Cup win over Ryman League Soham Town Rangers. A win for either side on Tuesday will see them move up to third in the table.

Also on Tuesday two teams seeking their first win of the season meet at the New Croft with Haverhill Rovers playing Walsham le Willows while in the First Division Needham Market Reserves will be hoping to get their first points when they travel to Diss Town.

TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS MEET THIS AFTERNOON

There is no Thurlow Nunn League football on this soggy Bank Holiday Monday but two former Champions meet in the Ryman League Premier Division.

Needham Market, champions in 2009/10, entertain Suffolk rivals Leiston, champions in 2010/11, in a 3 o’clock kick-off at Bloomfields. Both teams have enjoyed much success since stepping up the pyramid and Leiston currently sit top of the Ryman League, the highest ever position in their history. If they are there at the end of the season then National League football will be beckoning for 2016/17.

IPSWICH WANDERERS ARE THE SIXTH TEAM THROUGH IN FA CUP

Ipswich Wanderers have become the sixth Thurlow Nunn League side to reach the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and yet another to beat Ryman League opposition. after their 2-1 win at Barkingside this afternoon (Sunday). Both Wanderers’ goals came in the first half.

Next up for the Humber Doucy Lane club are former Conference club Canvey Island, now playing in the the Ryman League Premier Division. The Gulls have had notable success in the FA Cup, knocking Northampton Town and Wigan Athletic out of the 2001-02 competition. They also won the FA Trophy in 2001.

The other FA Cup tie on Sunday afternoon saw some extraordinary scoring at Mundford Road with Bury Town going 4-0 up within 12 minutes, only for Thetford Town to get back to 4-2 8 minutes later. The match finished 5-3 to the visitors with a crowd of 276 witnessing the action.

The FA Cup First Qualifying Round matches are scheduled for September 12th and ties involving Thurlow Nunn League sides are:-

Beaconsfield SYCOB v. Kirkley & Pakefield
Brantham Athletic v. Biggleswade Town
Hanwell Town v. Saffron Walden Town
Ipswich Wanderers v. Canvey Island
Needham Market v. Stanway Rovers
Wembley or North Greenford United v. Mildenhall Town
Welwyn Graden City v. St Ives Town or Norwich United

FIVE SIDES ALREADY THROUGH IN FA CUP

Five Thurlow Nunn League sides have already booked their places in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with another three still in with a chance of joining them.

Saffron Walden Town, Mildenhall Town and Brantham Athletic all knocked out Ryman League sides in Saturday’s Preliminary Round ties while Stanway Rovers won at previously unbeaten Ilford from the Essex Senior League. The fifth side so far through are Kirkley & Pakefield, 3-0 winners at Whitton United.

Mildenhall’s 5-2 home win over neighbours Soham Town Rangers attracted 182 spectators and has set up a tie away to Wembley or North Greenford United in the next round. There were 263 at Catons Lane to see Saffron Walden see off Cheshunt 2-0 and earn a visit to Southern League Hanwell Town on September 12. Brantham won 2-0 at Great Wakering Rovers and are now at home to Biggleswade Town from the Southern League Premier Division.

Stanway Rovers have an interesting draw away to Needham Market from the Ryman League. This tie could see the Newson brothers in opposition with Ben in the Stanway ranks and Sam playing for Needham.

Of the other three clubs still involved Ipswich Wanderers are at Barkingside today (Sunday) with a 1pm kick off while Thetford Town are at home to neighbours Bury Town at 3pm. Norwich United entertain St Ives Town in a replay on Wednesday evening after Mat Blake grabbed a stoppage time draw in Cambridgeshire on Friday night.

FA CUP AGAIN THIS WEEKEND

The FA Cup returns this weekend with the Preliminary Round matches.

There is one all-Thurlow Nunn League tie with Whitton United entertaining Kirkley & Pakefield for a place in the First Qualifying Round. Eight teams face higher level opponents from the Ryman and Southern Leagues while three meet United Counties and Essex Senior League teams.

Godmanchester Rovers have an intriguing tie at Yaxley, second in the United Counties League. Goddy knocked Yaxley out of the FA Cup last season and also beat them in the final of the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup.

Fakenham Town away to Wroxham, Mildenhall Town at home to Soham Town Rangers and managerless Thetford Town at home to Bury Town all face neighbouring teams that have been promoted from the Eastern Counties League in recent seasons. Should Fakenham win their tie they will travel to King’s Lynn Town in the next round.

The hardest tasks are possibly those facing Norwich United (away to Southern League St Ives Town), FC Clacton (home to Aveley) and Thetford, while Newmarket Town are entertaining a Peterborough Sports team that boasts a 100% record in the United Counties League.

The matches are all on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3.00pm) except the ties involving Norwich United (Friday evening), Ipswich Wanderers (Sunday ko 1.00pm) and Thetford Town (Sunday, ko 3.00pm).

Barkingside v. Ipswich Wanderers  (Sunday 1.00pm)
Basildon United v. Long Melford
FC Clacton v. Aveley
Great Wakering Rovers v. Brantham Athletic
Ilford v. Stanway Rovers
Mildenhall Town v. Soham Town Rangers
Newmarket Town v. Peterborough Sports
Saffron Walden Town v. Cheshunt
St Ives Town v. Norwich United  (Friday 7.45pm)
Thetford Town v. Bury Town  (Sunday 3.00pm)
Whitton United v. Kirkley & Pakefield
Wroxham v. Fakenham Town
Yaxley v. Godmanchester Rovers

SHOREHAM AIR SHOW DISASTER

Chairman Peter Hutchings has issued the following message to Thurlow Nunn League clubs:-

The League is fully supportive of any club wishing to hold a minute’s silence ahead of their game this coming Saturday as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the Shoreham air disaster.
Two Worthing United players, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23, were among the victims of last Saturday’s crash. The minute’s silence will give club management, players and supporters the opportunity to pay their respects to Matthew, Jacob and all those who lost their lives in this terrible accident.

The League reminds clubs that, particularly when playing other than a League match, the prior agreement of the opponents and match officials should be sought.

NORWICH UNITED FACE TWO AWAY MATCHES IN THREE DAYS THIS WEEK

League Champions Norwich United face two tricky away matches in the next three days. This evening (Wednesday) they are away to Fakenham Town in a league match, followed by a visit to St Ives Town in the FA Cup on Friday evening.

Victory at Fakenham will take the Planters back to the top of the table after Felixstowe & Walton United assumed the top mantle following their 3-2 win over Brantham Athletic on Tuesday.

The FA Cup match has been brought forward from Saturday as St Ives groundshare with Cambridge City who have a scheduled home match. It will be a challenging tie for the Norfolk side as St Ives sit in third place in the Southern League Central Division, one step higher than the Thurlow Nunn League.

MARK SCOTT NO LONGER THETFORD MANAGER

Mark Scott has stated that he has been relieved of his duties as Thetford Town manager after 6 years in charge of the Breckland club.

During his tenure Thetford won promotion to the Premier Division and twice reached Carrow Road finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

A statement on the club’s website says: “Thetford Town FC would like to thank Mark Scott for all he has done for both the first team and the club in the last few years. Mark has contributed massively to the team’s success and that is without question, however, as of today, Mark is no longer the first-team manager.”

Thetford’s next match is on Sunday afternoon at home to Ryman League Bury Town in the FA Cup.

FELIXSTOWE LOOKING TO GO TOP

Felixstowe & Walton United will go top of the Premier Division if they can get a point from their Premier Division match at home to Brantham Athletic on Tuesday evening. The Seasiders have won all three of their league matches this season but Brantham won’t be an easy touch following their 7-3 win over Thetford Town on Saturday.

Other matches on Tuesday evening (all kicking off at 7.45pm) are:-

Premier Division
FC Clacton v. Long Melford
Haverhill Rovers v. Godmanchester Rovers
Mildenhall Town v. Saffron Walden Town
Swaffham Town v. Gorleston
Whitton United v. Hadleigh United

First Division
AFC Sudbury Res v. Haverhill Borough
Braintree Town Res v. Halstead Town
Debenham LC v. Leiston Res
Stowmarket Town v. Diss Town