Saturday sees ties in the Second Round Proper of the FA Vase.

The two Norfolk sides left in the competition are at home to mid-table Essex Senior League teams with Norwich United and Gorleston playing Hullbridge Sports and FC Romania respectively. Ipswich Wanderers are also at home with Step 7 side Cricklewood Wanderers from the Middlesex County League their visitors.

Kirkley & Pakefield will be entertaining Edgware Town, who knocked out Whitton United in the last round, while Saffron Walden Town travel to another Spartan South Midlands side, Biggleswade United.

There will be at least one Thurlow Nunn League side through to the Third Round with Stanway Rovers at home to Mildenhall Town.

Ties involving Thurlow Nunn League sides are as follows:-
Biggleswade United v. Saffron Walden Town
Gorleston v. FC Romania  (result on day, no replay)
Ipswich Wanderers v. Cricklewood Wanderers
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Edgware Town
Norwich United v. Hullbridge Sports
Stanway Rovers v. Mildenhall Town


Premier Division
22 Mat Blake (Norwich United)
15 James Hall (Godmanchester Rovers)
11 Janie Griffiths (Long Melford)
10 Danny Thrower (Hadleigh United)
9 Miles Powell (Felixstowe & Walton United)
8 Sean Bartlett (Brantham Athletic)

First Division
13 Ray Turner (Wivenhoe Town)
12 Matt Dixon (Stowmarket Town)
9 Charlie Gilbert (AFC Sudbury Res)
9 Alex Theobald (Ely City)

Reserve League
15 Elliot Bullard (Hadleigh United)
12 Oliver O’Hare (Wivenhoe Town)
11 Joe Dear (Witham Town)
10 Scott Yearling (Brightlingsea Regent)
10 Joe Bongjoh (Whitton United)


Norwich United extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to 16 points after their 3-2 victory at Thetford Town on a damp Saturday afternoon. Felixstowe & Walton United had moved up to second after a returning Ben Cranfield came off the bench to score a Friday night equaliser at Kirkley & Pakefield.

Fourth placed Stanway Rovers beat Godmanchester Rovers, now down to third, 3-2 on Saturday. And this despite having their goalkeeper sent off, remarkably the same thing happened in Godmanchester’s 6-1 win in August’s reverse fixture.

In other Premier Division matches:-

  • David Lampshire and Luke Butcher both scored twice for Mildenhall Town against Whitton United in a 4-0 victory
  • Saffron Walden Town’s abysmal home league form (just one point and three goals) continued in a 1-0 defeat to Brantham Athletic
  • Danny Thrower’s 82nd minute penalty for Hadleigh United was enough to see off visitors FC Clacton
  • Long Melford twice went ahead at Walsham le Willows but the game ended 2-2 for Melford’s first ever Premier Division draw
  • Haverhill Rovers’ improvement in fortunes continued with a 3-0 home win over Fakenham Town
  • Ipswich Wanderers brought their cup form into the league and came away from Gorleston with a 3-0 win
  • the Newmarket Town v. Swaffham Town match was abandoned due to a serious injury to the Newmarket goalkeeper.

In the First Division Wivenhoe Town secured their ninth successive league victory by winning 4-2 at a sodden Debenham LC. Ray Turner netted twice for the Dragons. Ely City are now second following a stunning 5-1 win to spoil Halstead Town’s Clubs Day. Sam Goodge and Craig Neal both scored two for the Robins.

Great Yarmouth Town dropped to third after losing 2-1 at AFC Sudbury Reserves while King’s Lynn Town Reserves and Dereham Town Reserves both had 4-0 wins, Leiston Reserves and Haverhill Borough had 3-0 away victories and Braintree Town Reserves beat Diss Town 4-3.


Dereham Town Youths came very close to upsetting Mansfield Town in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night. Leading 2-1 at half time the young Magpies then fell behind before Robbie Linford scored a dramatic 90th minute equaliser to send the tie in Nottinghamshire into extra time. But it was Mansfield who scored the next goal to run out 4-3 winners and earn a Third Round Proper tie at home to Sunderland.

Next up for the Thurlow Nunn Youth League in The FA Youth Cup is Woodbridge Town’s visit to The Den on Monday night when the young Woodpeckers take on Millwall with a 7 o’clock kick-off. The players are going down early for a pre-match meal, followed later by a 60 seater supporters coach. Winners of that tie will be away to Charlton Athletic.

Thursday evening sees the young Waders from Biggleswade Town at home to Worthing with a prize home tie with Middlesbrough awaiting the victors.


More Friday night football in the Thurlow Nunn League this week with Kirkley & Pakefield entertaining Felixstowe & Walton United.

Kirkley sit eighth in the Premier Division table but have games in hand on all those above them while a point for the visitors will see them go second.

Also on Friday night Dereham Town Youths travel to Mansfield Town in the Second Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup.


Penalty shoot outs settled three of the six League Challenge Cup ties played last night.

Indeed penalties were very much a feature of the Saffron Walden Town v. Long Melford clash. The Bloods were two goals to the good shortly after half time through two Marc Abbot penalties but the visitors came back to equalise with a brace from Jamie Griffiths, the second just before the final whistle. Long Melford then went on to score each of their 5 penalties to win the shoot out 5-3.

The match between First Division Downham Town and Premier Division Fakenham Town also finished 2-2 at the end of normal time before Downham moved through to the quarter finals, winning 3-1 on penalties. It was the second round running that Downham had eliminated Premier Division opponents.

The third match to go to penalties was at the Rush Green Bowl where FC Clacton pulled back to 1-1 through a second half Aaron Condon goal before Ipswich Wanderers continued their cup exploits by winning the shoot out 4-1.

Elsewhere Norwich United beat Leiston Reserves 3-1, Kirkley & Pakefield came from behind to win 2-1 at Stowmarket Town and two goals from Austen Diaper helped Godmanchester Rovers cruise to a 4-0 success at Newmarket Town.

It is planned to hold the draw for the quarter finals on Friday 27 November with matches scheduled for the New Year.


Tuesday evening sees 6 of the 8 Second Round ties in the League Challenge Cup being contested.

Take your pick from three all Premier Division ties and three where First Division sides take on teams from the higher division:-

Downham Town v. Fakenham Town
FC Clacton v. Ipswich Wanderers
Newmarket Town v. Godmanchester Rovers
Norwich United v. Leiston Reserves
Saffron Walden Town v. Long Melford
Stowmarket Town v. Kirkley & Pakefield


It may be the first week of November but Norwich United have nearly 50% more points than anybody else in the Premier Division! Saturday saw them come away from Ipswich Wanderers with a 6-2 victory. Mat Blake scored five of the Planters’ goals, although the home side did get back to 3-2 at one stage after being 3 down.

Second placed Godmanchester Rovers are now 14 points behind after their game was one of four in the top division to fall foul to an unfit pitch. Third placed Felixstowe & Walton United missed the opportunity to move above Godmanchester after being held 1-1 at home by fifth placed Newmarket Town. The match was the Seasiders’ Club Day and attracted an attendance of 240 on a wet and windy afternoon.

Three different teams have propped up the Premier Division in the last 24 hours. Thetford Town lifted themselves off the bottom by beating local rivals Walsham le Willows 3-2 in a thrilling Friday night match in front of 183 spectators. The three points deposited Saffron Walden Town behind everybody else before they came back from a second minute goal at Whitton United on Saturday to win 3-1 and overtake Fakenham Town, whose game was one of those postponed. The Bloods are also now out of the bottom three, replaced by Walsham le Willows.

In the only First Division match played on Saturday a brace each from James Seymour and Alex Theobald helped Ely City beat Leiston Reserves 4-1 and into the top three. Next Saturday Ely visit the team they deposed – Halstead Town.

In the four First Division KO Cup matches that were played Great Yarmouth Town, Stowmarket Town, March Town United and Halstead Town all made their way into the Second Round draw (to be made on November 19)