The FA Cup returns on Saturday with 12 Thurlow Nunn League teams involved in Preliminary Round ties. Eight of those teams face opposition from higher leagues while Long Melford, Great Yarmouth Town, Gorleston and Haverhill Borough all meet teams from the Essex Senior League. Good luck to them all.

The matches are:-
Framlingham Town v. Mildenhall Town
Bedford Town v. Swaffham Town
Southend Manor v. Gorleston
Haverhill Rovers v. Heybridge Swifts
Newmarket Town v. Ware
Brantham Athletic v. Cheshunt
Stowmarket Town v. Romford (at Ipswich Wanderers FC)
Ilford v. Haverhill Borough
Hertford Town v. Hadleigh UNited
Great Yarmouth Town v. Basildon United
Long Melford v. FC Romania
Barking v. Saffron Walden Town


Haverhill Rovers continued their impressive start to the season with a comprehensive 4-1 win at Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday evening. Jordan Palmer (2), Aaron Forshaw and Luke Haines scored the goals that put Haverhill 4-0 up and followed a 4-1 victory at Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday. They are now second in the Premier Division table and along with leaders Coggeshall Town are the only side in the division to have won all matches played this season. Haverhill’s record will be tested on Saturday when they entertain Bostik League Heybridge Swifts in the FA Cup.

The only side in the First Division with a 100% playing record this season are Whitton United and on Saturday they travel to unbeaten Halstead Town in a league encounter. But it’s Woodbridge Town who lead the division after a 6-2 success at Leiston Reserves on Tuesday. The Woodpeckers have now scored 21 goals in 4 league matches.


There’s plenty of midweek Thurlow Nunn League local derby action to wet the appetite this week

Tuesday evening
FC Clacton v. Ipswich Wanderers
Gorleston v. Stowmarket Town
Hadleigh United v. Wivenhoe Town
Haverhill Borough v. Ely City
Saffron Walden Town v. Histon
Stanway Rovers v. Felixwstowe & Walton United
Thetford Town v. Newmarket Town
AFC Sudbury Res v. Halstead Town
Braintree Town Res v. Little Oakley
Leiston Res v. Woodbridge Town
Swaffham Town v. King’s Lynn Town Res
Team Bury v. Framlingham Town

Wednesday evening
Godmanchester Rovers v. Haverhill Rovers
Norwich United Res v. Diss Town


Various County Cup draws involving Thurlow Nunn League teams have been released

Essex Senior Cup
Round 1
Halstead Twon v. Holland FC (Aug 29)
Round 2
Redbridge or Basildon United v. Stanway Rovers
Little Oakley v. West Essex (Sept 5)
Stansted or Wadham Lodge v. Halstead or Holland FC
FC Clacton v. Southend Manor (Sept 19)
Saffron Walden Town v. Waltham Forest (Sept 26)
Hullbridge Sports v. Coggeshall Town
Wivenhoe Town v. Burnham Ramblers

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup
Quarter Final
Eynesbury Rovers v. Godmanchester Rovers

Essex Premier Cup
Round 2
Harold Hill v. Saffron Walden Town Res (Oct 28)
Halstead Town Res v. Hutton
Witham Town Res v. Herongate Athletic

Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup
Round 1
Felixstowe & Walton United Res v. Walsham le Willows Res (Sept 30)
Stowmarket Town Res v. Lakenheath Res (Sept 30)
Coplestonians Res v. Haverhill Rovers Res (Oct 7)
Woodbridge Town Res v. Leiston St Margarets Res (Oct 7)
Ipswich Wanderers Res v. Long Melford Res (Oct 7)
Benhall St Mary Res v. Whitton United Res (Oct 7)
Hadleigh United Res v. Waveney Res (Oct 7)


Felixstowe & Walton United had not met Stowmarket Town in a league match in over a decade and a Felixstowe league record attendance of 452 was there to watch a classic. Stowmarket were 3-1 up with half an hour to go but The Seasiders fought back and Dan Davis nicked the winner with 3 minutes left to play.

This was both side’s first league match of the season and Felixstowe already find themselves 9 points behind early Premier Division leaders Coggeshall Town. The SeedGrowers, ineligible for the FA Cup, made it 4 wins out of 4 after an impressive 3-0 Friday night win at Brantham Athletic. Jamie Shaw scored a brace.

Gorleston, 5-1 victors over Saffron Walden Town, Haverhill Rovers and Newmarket Town are other sides yet to drop a Premier Division point.

Despite retaining their 100% record by coming from behind to beat Team Bury 2-1, Woodbridge Town found themselves dropping to second in the First Division table following Holland FC’s 10-0 drubbing of luckless Needham Market Reserves. Steve Eaton and Tom Holdstock both grabbed hat tricks. Level on 9 points with Holland and Woodbridge are Whitton United, who got a late winner against Downham Town, and Wisbech St Mary.


With no cup matches there is a full programme of league fixtures this weekend.

In the Premier Division two of the fancied teams kick off their league season at the Goldstar Ground when last season’s runners-up Felixstowe & Walton United entertain First Division Champions Stowmarket Town. The rest of the Premier Division fixtures feature some of the longest journeys of the season, including Godmachester Rovers v. Great Yarmouth Town, Gorleston v. Saffron Walden Town, Kirkley & Pakefield v. Haverhill Rovers, Wivenhoe Town v. Wroxham and Ely City v. FC Clacton.

In the First Division leaders Woodbridge Town are at home to Team Bury and the Reserve League starts with Halstead Town Reserves at home to Long Melford Reserves.


Friday night football returns to the Thurlow Nunn League tonight with new boys Norwich CBS playing their first ever home match in the competition. They entertain King’s Lynn Town Reserves at the Norfolk FDC, kick-off 7.45pm.

Elsewhere there are three matches in the Premier Division. Early leaders Coggeshall Town travel to Brantham Athletic, fresh form their stunning FA Cup victory on Saturday; Fakenham Town will be looking for their first points at home to Walsham le Willows; and Haverhill Borough entertain Stanway Rovers in a cross-County clash.


Congratulations to First Division Framlingham Town on their FA Cup replay win on Wednesday evening in the pouring rain at Aveley FC. The Suffolk side beat Essex Senior League Wadham Lodge 3-1 with goals from Simon Poacher (2) and Jacob Taylor. Next up for Fram is a rather challenging tie at home to last season’s Thurlow Nunn League Champions Mildenhall Town on August 19th.

Other Preliminary Round ties involving Thurlow Nunn League teams are:-
Bedford Town v. Swaffham Town
Southend Manor v. Gorleston
Haverhill Rovers v. Heybridge Swifts
Newmarket Town v. Ware
Brantham Athletic v. Cheshunt
Stowmarket Town v. Romford
Ilford v. Haverhill Borough
Hertford Town v. Hadleigh UNited
Great Yarmouth Town v. Basildon United
Long Melford v. FC Romania or Waltham Forest
Barking v. Saffron Walden Town