Key First Division Matches This Weekend

Friday night football this week in the Thurlow Nunn League features a north Norfolk derby and a north Essex derby. In the First Division North Fakenham Town are at home to King’s Lynn Town Reserves while in First Division South Holland entertain the enigmatic Wivenhoe Town.

The top of the First Divisions features heavily on Saturday with the two leaders in the South clashing at Coles Park Stadium when second placed Hashtag United entertain Halstead Town. Three points for the home side will see them at the summit post match. Also in this division two of the league’s unbeaten sides (Hackney Wick are the other) meet at Barking with May & Baker at home to Little Oakley.

The North Division is being dominated by Norfolk sides with Harleston Town leading the way from Mulbarton Wanderers, Downham Town and Swaffham Town. On Saturday Downham, enjoying one of their better seasons, entertain newcomers Mulbarton in a key match.

League Challenge Cup Round 2

Following results in the 1st Round of the League Challenge Cup the 2nd Round currently looks like this:-

Tuesday 23 October
Ely City v. Histon
FC Clacton v. Brantham Athletic
Godmanchester Rovers v. Walsham le Willows
Hadleigh United v. Brightlingsea Regent Reserves
Holland FC v. Halstead Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Wroxham
Needham Market Reserves v. Burnham Ramblers
Newmarket Town v. Haverhill Borough
Norwich United v. Lakenheath
Stowmarket Town v. Haverhill Rovers
Thetford Town v. Swaffham Town

Wednesday 24 October
Wisbech St Mary v. Fakenham Town
Woodbridge Town v. Long Melford

Tuesday 6 November
Gorleston v. Whitton United or Leiston Reserves
White Ensign or Newbury Forest v. Lopes Tavares

Tuesday 20 November
May & Baker or Fire United v. Benfleet or Hackney Wick (Wed Nov 21 if Fire United)

League Challenge Cup Starts This Week

Tuesday and Wednesday sees the first matches in the 2018/19 League Challenge Cup. The competition is open to all teams in the Premier and First Divisions, although Whitton United are the only Premier Division side entering at the 1st Round stage. The Round features 5 First Division South v. First Division North ties.

This week’s fixtures are:-

Burnham Ramblers v. Ipswich Wanderers
Diss Town v. Lakenheath
Downham Town v. Wisbech St Mary
Halstead Town v. Cornard United
Holland v. Felixstowe & Walton United Res
Little Oakley v. Brightlingsea Regent Res
May & Baker v. Fire United
Swaffham Town v. King’s Lynn Town Res
Whittton United v. Leiston Res

Braintree Town Res v. Haverhill Borough
Lopes Tavares v. Hashtag United

FA Cup Saturday

Brantham Athletic and Haverhill Rovers take centre stage this Saturday with both at home in FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round matches.

Brantham entertain National League South Eastbourne Borough while Bostik League Leatherhead are the visitors to the New Croft.

Kirkley Can Go Top Friday Night

Four matches in the Thurlow Nunn League this Friday night.

Early surprise packet Kirkley & Pakefield can go top of the Premier Division with 3 points from their local derby at home to Great Yarmouth Town. On the other hand a defeat could see them drop to third and Ely City leapfrog them into second place if the Robins beat Thetford Town.

In the First Division two of the improving teams meet at Blackhouse Lane with Cornard United entertaining Ipswich Wanderers while Mulbarton Wanderers and Fakenham Town clash in a Norfolk derby.

FA Vase Draw

The draw for the FA Vase 1st Round Proper includes the following ties:-

Buckingham Athletic v. FC Clacton
Colney Heath v. Histon
Enfield Borough v. Kirkley and Pakefield
Great Yarmouth Town v. Wroxham
Harefield United v. Woodbridge Town
Haverhill Borough v. Framlingham Town or Swaffham Town
Little Oakley v. Enfield 1893
May & Baker v. North Greenford United
Newbury Forest v. Newport Pagnell Town
Newmarket Town v. Deeping Rangers
Stowmarket Town v. Harpenden Town
West Essex v. Godmanchester Rovers

Matches to be played October 13

FA Cup Draw

The draw for the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup has thrown up interesting challenges for the remaining Thurlow Nunn League teams.

Brantham Athletic have landed a home tie against Eastbourne Borough, a team riding high near the top of the National League South, while Haverhill Rovers will entertain Bostik League Premier Division Leatherhead, a club a with a famous FA Cup pedigree.

Matches are scheduled for September 22nd with winners receiving £9,000


Congratulations to Brantham Athletic who are through to the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history after beating Northern Premier League Spalding United 1-0 this afternoon. George Clark scored the all important goal after 72 minutes.

Histon were also on the cusp of knocking out higher league opponents, but King’s Lynn Town scored a late equaliser for a 2-2 draw and a replay at the Glassworld Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Long Melford and Haverhill Rovers will also be in Monday’s draw following their goalless draw at The New Croft. They replay on Wednesday evening.


Good luck to the Thurlow Nunn League sides playing in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup this afternoon.

Brantham Atletic, Godmanchester Rovers, Woodbridge Town, Newmarket Town and Histon all face ties against teams from leagues higher up the non-league pyramid while Haverhill Rovers and Lond Melford meet each other at The New Croft (kick off 2.00pm).