CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROBINS

Congratulations to Ely City on reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase after their 3-0 victory against Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday. The tie was watched by 386 spectators, the highest ever attendance for a competitive fixture at The Unwin Ground.

Ely’s reward is another home tie against Midland League opposition in the next round. Sporting Khalsa from Willenhall will be the visitors on January 28th.

GOOD LUCK TO ELY AND GORLESTON

The League sends its best wishes to both Ely City and Gorleston in their FA Vase matches on Saturday as they bid for places in the last 16 of the prestigious competition.

Both clubs are at home to teams from the Midland Football League. Ely entertain Shepshed Dynamo while Gorleston’s visitors are Coleshill Town.

NEW YEAR IN THE THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

New Year in the Thurlow Nunn League starts with a bumper set of fixtures on Monday afternoon, January 2nd.

The runaway Premier Division leaders, Mildenhall Town, will be seeking their 18th consecutive league victory at unpredictable Ipswich Wanderers, while First Division leaders Coggeshall Town are at home to bottom side Leiston Reserves

There are several local derbies, including Diss Town v. Debenham LC, March Town United v. King’s Lynn Town Reserves and the all-Norfolk Thetford Town v. Fakenham Town. There is also the East Coast clash between Kirkley & Pakefield and Great Yarmouth Town. Over 800 fans flocked to The Wellesley on Boxing Day for Yarmouth v. Gorleston.

Gorleston themselves take part in what may well be key the match of the day. Gorleston sit third in the Premier Division, still unbeaten, with visitors Felixstowe & Walton United just one point behind. The First Division sees two important fixtures between teams in or around the promotion places with Stowmarket Town entertaining Holland FC and Halstead Town at home to Framlingham Town.

There are also key matches involving teams at the wrong end of the tables. FC Clacton moved off the bottom of the Premier Division for the first time this season after gaining a point at Wivenhoe on Tuesday and will be looking for further progress at home to Haverhill Rovers, a team with just one win in their 8 starts. Like FC Clacton, Dereham Town Reserves moved off the bottom of the their division for the first time this season with a 3-1 Christmas success at Downham Town. Dereham entertain an improved Team Bury on Monday.

Long Melford have now slipped into the relegation places following 6 straight defeats but their opponents, Wivenhoe Town, have only won 1 in their last 11. Just outside the drop zone are Ely City, still in the FA Vase, and Walsham le Willows, who meet at The Unwin Ground.

All matches on Monday kick-off at 3.00pm, except Needham Market Reserves v. in form Woodbridge Town, which starts at 1.00pm.

The full list is:-
Ely City v. Walsham le Willows
FC Clacton v. Haverhill Rovers
Gorleston v. Felixstowe & Walton United
Ipswich Wanderers v. Mildenhall Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Great Yarmouth Town
Long Melford v. Wivenhoe Town
Newmarket Town v. Hadleigh United
Saffron Walden Town v. Brantham Athletic
Swaffham Town v. Godmanchester Rovers
Thetford Town v. Fakenham Town
Coggeshall Town v. Leiston Res
Dereham Town Res v. Team Bury
Diss Town v. Debenham LC
Halstead Town v. Framlingham Town
Haverhill Borough v. Wisbech St Mary
March Town United v. King’s Lynn Town Res
Needham Market Res v. Woodbridge Town
Stowmarket Town v. Holland FC
Whitton United v. Cornard United

PLENTY OF CHRISTMAS FOOTBALL

Plenty of Thurlow Nunn League matches, many of them local derbies, over the Christmas period:-

Monday 26 December (ko 11am)
Felixstowe & Walton United v. Ipswich Wanderers
Great Yarmouth Town v. Gorleston
Haverhill Rovers v. Saffron Walden Town
Walsham le Willows v. Swaffham Town
Coggeshall Town v. Halstead Town

Tuesday 27 December (ko 3.00pm, except where stated)
Brnatham Athletic v. Stanway Rovers
Godmenachester Rovers v. Ely City
Hadleigh United v. Long Melford
Mildenhall Town v. Thetford Town
Wivenhoe Town v. FC Clacton
Braintree Town Res v. Needham Market Res
Cornard United v. AFC Sudbury Res
Debenham LC v. Stowmarket Town
Downham Town v. Derham Town Res
Framlingham Town v. Diss Town
Haverhill Borough v. Team Bury (ko 1.00pm)
Holland FC v. Whitton United
Wisbech St Mary v. March Town United
Woodbridge Town v. Leiston Res

Wednesday 28 December (ko 7.45pm)
Fakenham Town v. Kirkley & Pakefield

LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER FINAL DRAW

The draw for the quarter finals of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup has been made:-

Coggeshall Town v. Newmarket Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Mildenhall Town or Downham Town
Swaffham Town v. Gorleston
Walsham le Willows or Haverhill Rovers v. Stanway Rovers

Ties at Coggeshall and Swaffham to be played on Tuesday 31 January.
The tie at Kirkley to be played on Wednesday 1 February
The fourth tie will be 31 January if Haverhill and 1 February if Walsham

More Friday Night Football

Friday night football returns in the Thurlow Nunn League this week with the Norfolk/Suffolk derby between Thetford Town and Walsham le Willows.

Kick-off at Mundford Road is 7.45pm.

FOUR APPLY FOR PROMOTION TO STEP FOUR

Felixstowe & Walton United, Mildenhall Town, Newmarket Town and Stanway Rovers have all applied for promotion to Step 4 at the end of the season.

These four Thurlow Nunn League clubs are among the 68 to have applied nationally by the 30th November deadline.

IT’S BETTER TO TRAVEL IN THE PREMIER DIVISION

With many clubs around the half way point in their season it may, or may not, be interesting to note that only 32% of Premier Division matches have resulted in home wins. 33% have been draws and 35% have been away victories.

Nine Premier Division teams have had more away wins than home wins while only six have had more home than away wins.

The First Division does not mirror the statistics with 41% home wins, 30% draws and 29% away wins.