LEAGUE CUP TIES AT FC CLACTON AND GORLESTON OFF

Tonight’s (Tuesday’s) League Challenge Cup ties FC Clacton v. White Ensign and Gorleston v. Norwich United have been postponed. FC Clacton’s pitch is waterlogged and there are electrical problems at Gorleston.

Both matches have been rescheduled to next Tuesday, November 27th.

FIRST DIVISION KO CUP QUARTER FINAL DRAW

The draw for the quarter finals of the First Division KO Cup has been made:-

Downham Town v. Swaffham Town
Harleston Town v. Leiston Reserves
Hashtag United v. Benfleet or Coggeshall United
Holland v. May & Baker

Matches to be played Tuesday 12th February 2019, except the match at Harleston, which has been scheduled to Saturday 23rd February 2019

Can Swaffham Halt Harleston’s Run of Success?

There’s a big game in First Division North on Saturday when leaders Harleston Town visit Norfolk’s only remaining FA Vase representative, Swaffham Town.

Harleston, in their first season at this level:
- are 13 points clear at the top,
- have won 14 matches on the trot in all competitions
- have won each of the 10 away matches they have played

Their only defeat was on the first day of the season, when they lost 3-1 at home to … Swaffham Town

Kick off at Shoemakers Lane has been brought forward to 2.00pm because of floodight issues.

FA VASE THIRD ROUND DRAW DETAILS …

Five Thurlow Nunn League sides, all from different Counties, were included in the FA Vase 3rd Round Draw.

At least one team from the league will feature in the last 32 of the competition after Swaffham Town, yet to face a side from outside the league in this season’s competition, were drawn at home to Stowmarket Town.

FC Clacton and Godmanchester Rovers both face top six United Counties League opposition with the Essex side travelling to Deeping Rangers and the Huntingdonshire side at home to Holbeach United.

Hison, meanwhile, will be at home. They have been drawn to play either Enfield 1893 from the Essex Senior League, or Spartan South Midlands side Leverstock Green. Their 2nd Round tie has been put on hold while the FA investigate a report that Enfield fielded an ineligible player in their previous round tie at Little Oakley.

Ties are scheduled for Saturday December 1st, although Histon’s ground is not available that day.

FA Vase This Weekend

Eight Thurlow Nunn league sides are involved in the FA Vase 2nd Round this weekend.

It all starts on Friday night with league leaders Histon entertaining another in form side Woodbridge Town with an 8 o’clock kick-off.

Saturday sees second placed Kirkley & Pakefield looking for revenge against an FC Clacton side that knocked them out of the FA Cup after a replay. The third all Premier Division tie is at The Wellesley where Great Yarmouth Town will be looking to improve on their league form against third placed Godmanchester Rovers.

Also on Saturday First Division Norwich CBS play their first match in this season’s competition after their successful 2017/18 campaign, but they face a tough task away to Spartan South Midlands League leaders Biggleswade. Stowmarket Town also meet Spartan South Midlands League opponents with Baldock Town visiting Green Meadow.

Finally, Sunday features an intriguing match at Barking Rugby Club between May & Baker and Swaffham Town, with the sides both occupying fourth places in their respective First Division South and North Divisions.

League Challenge Cup Round 3 Draw

The draw for Round 3 of the League Challenge Cup is as follows:-

Tuesday 20 November
Fakenham Town v. Swaffham Town
FC Clacton v. White Ensign or Lopes Tavares
Gorleston or Leiston Reserves v. Norwich United
Stowmarket Town v. Godmanchester Rovers

Wednesday 21 November
Long Melford v. Hadleigh United

Tuesday 27 November
Ely City v. Newmarket Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Needham Market Reserves

Wednesday 9 January
May & Baker or Benfleet or Hackney Wick v. Holland

Key Matches on Friday Evening

There are another four Thurlow Nunn League matches on Friday evening.

Brantham Athleic can move up to a challenging second position with victory at home to Woodbridge Town while Great Yarmouth Town can move off the bottom with 3 points against local derby visitors Kirkley & Pakefield. The third match in the Premier Division is Framlingham Town v. Walsham le Willows where a win for the home side will see them climb out of the bottom three.

Swaffham Town can go second in the First Division North with a draw in the all-Norfolk clash at Downham Town

League Challenge Cup This Week

It’s the start of Round 2 of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup this week with 13 of the 16 ties being played on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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

The draw for Round 3 will be held towards the end of the week with ties scheduled to 20th or 21st of November

Three Games on Friday Night

Big game at the Glassworld Stadium on Friday night as Premier Division leaders Histon take on Godmanchester Rovers, who sit just 3 points shy of their opponents.

Prospective First Division South leaders Halstead Town are also in action, entertaining bottom side Brightlingsea Regent Reserves.

The third match on Friday evening is the Norfolk clash Thetford Town v. Wroxham

FA Vase Second Round Draw

The draw for the Second Round Draw of the FA Vase sees two all Thurlow Nunn League ties with the potential for two more depending on the results of First Round replays. This includes an all-First Division clash with South Division May & Baker, conquerors of Step 5 North Greenford United on Saturday, entertaining North Division Swaffham Town.

Those sides not drawn against fellow Thurlow Nunn League teams will face Spartan South Midlands League opponents, with Norwich CBS facing probably the hardest tie away to leaders Biggleswade.

Biggleswade v. Norwich CBS
Buckingham Athletic or FC Clacton v. Kirkley & Pakefield
Colney Heath or Histon v. Woodbridge Town
Great Yarmouth Town v. Godmanchester Rovers
Little Oakley or Enfield 1893 v. Leverstock Green
May & Baker v. Swaffham Town
Stowmarket Town v. Baldock Town

Matches to be played Saturday 3 November 2018