25 Thurlow Nunn League sides start their FA Vase campaign on Saturday afternoon. Some are making their first ever venture into the national competition while others, like former finalists Wroxham, are relative veterans.
Baldock Town v. Long Melford
Bourne Town v. March Town United
Ely City v. Norwich United
Enfield Borough v. Halstead Town
Framlingham Town v. Wisbech St Mary
Gorleston v. Boston Town
Haverhill Rovers v. Ilford
Holland v. Cornard United
Huntingdon Town v. Wroxham
Lordswood v. Fire United
May & Baker v. Burnham Ramblers
Newbury Forest v. Wivenhoe Town
Newmarket Town v. Downham Town
Peterborough Northern Star v. Fakenham Town
Southend Manor v. Ipswich Wanderers
Stansted v. Brantham Athletic
Stanway Rovers v. White Ensign
Whitton United v. Hatfield Town
Woodbridge Town v. Eynesbury Rovers
Hadleigh United‘s match at St Margaretsbury is on Sunday afternoon
There are three matches in the First Division North this Friday night with Haverhill Borough entertaining as yet unbeaten Lakenheath, Needham Market Reserves at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves and Swaffham Town at home to King’s Lynn Town Reserves. The Pedlars will go second in the table with a victory.
There are also two FA Vase ties:-
Walsham le Willows v. Diss Town
Wormley Rovers v. Biggleswade United (being played at Biggleswade)
Harleston Town swept to the top of the First Division North with a comprehensive 4-0 win at previous leaders and old rivals Mulbarton Wanderers. Nathan Stone scored a hat trick for the visitors in front of 200 plus fans.
At least one Thurlow Nunn League team will feature in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after Haverhill Rovers were drawn at home to Long Melford in the First Qualifying Round.
The other Thurlow Nunn League sides still involved will all faces teams from higher up the non-league pyramid:-
Brantham Athletic v. Spalding United
Heybridge Swifts v. Newmarket Town
Hitchin Town v. Godmanchester Rovers
Swindon Supermarine v. Woodbridge Town
King’s Lynn Town v. Histon
First Qualifying Round matches are scheduled to Saturday September 8th
The top two teams in last season’s Anglian Combination clash on Tuesday evening, but this time the pair are first and second in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.
League leaders Mulbarton Wanderers are at home to last season’s Anglian Combination Champions Harleston Town in what is assured to be a closely contested Norfolk derby.
Congratulations to the seven Thurlow Nunn league sides who have earned their places in Tuesday’s FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Draw.
Brantham Athletic and Haverhill Rovers both beat teams from higher leagues while Long Melford and Newmarket Town eliminated teams from other Step 5 leagues. Godmanchester Rovers and Woodbridge Town won against fellow Thurlow Nunn League sides while Histon face a replay at Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday evening to see if they will be playing in the next round.
Several Thurlow Nunn League sides are involved in FA Cup Preliminary Round matches on Saturday:-
Basildon United v. Whitton United
Brantham Athletic v. Welwyn Garden City
Faversham Town v. Hackney Wick
FC Clacton v. Ware
Haverhill Rovers v. Maldon & Tiptree
Histon v. Eynesbury Rovers
Long Melford v. St Margaretsbury
Newmarket Town v. Hullbridge Sports
Woodbridge Town v. Hadleigh United
Good Luck to them all
There are 8 Thurlow Nunn League sides in Friday night action this week.
Holland will return to the top of First Division South with victory at Brightlingsea Regent Reserves while First Division North sees Debenham LC entertain Needham Market Reserves and unbeaten league leaders Mulbarton Wanderers at home to Norwich CBS.
There is also an all-Thurlow Nunn League FA Cup tie with Thetford Town at home to Godmanchester Rovers
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.