With only two sides beaten by teams from outside the league in this weekend’s FA Vase ties the Thurlow Nunn League will have 11 representatives in this Monday’s FA Vase 2nd Round draw. This includes four First Division teams – Swaffham Town, May & Baker, Little Oakley and Norwich CBS.
Meanwhile in the League Histon, Harleston Town and Hashtag United have all retained their leaderships of their respective senior divisions, while Witham Town Reserves have returned to the top of the Reserve League.
The draw for Round 3 of the First Division KO Cup is as follows:-
Tuesday 6 November 2018
Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves v. Harleston Town
March Town United v. Downham Town or King’s Lynn Town Reserves
Swaffham Town v. Lakenheath
Tuesday 13 November 2018
Debenham LC v. Leiston Reserves
Hashtag United v. Haverhill Borough
Little Oakley or Holland v. Braintree Town Reserves
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Lopes Tavares v. May & Baker
Tuesday 27 November 2018
White Ensign or Benfleet or Wivenhoe Town v. Coggeshall United (Wed 28th if Benfleet)
It’s the FA Vase 1st Round Proper this weekend and the following ties involve Thurlow Nunn League teams:-
Buckingham Athletic v. FC Clacton
Colney Heath v. Histon
Enfield Borough v. Kirkley and Pakefield (being played Sunday 3.00pm ko)
Great Yarmouth Town v. Wroxham
Harefield United v. Woodbridge Town
Haverhill Borough v. 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 (being played Sunday 2.00pm ko)
In the League Norwich United will go top of the Premier Division if they can get 3 points from their visit to Whitton United.
The top two in the Premier Division clash on Saturday when second placed Stowmarket Town entertain leaders Histon. Three points for the Suffolk side will see them return to top spot.
The Norfolk sides are involved in County Cup ties but there are plenty of other Thurlow Nunn League matches on offer this weekend, starting with Walsham le Willlows v. Hadleigh United on Friday evening. A home win and Walsham move up to 6th, a point for Hadleigh and they climb out of the bottom three.
At least the absence of league matches for Norfolk teams means some of the other sides can catch up a bit in First Division North, where the top 5 are all from the county of Nelson!
Tuesday evening’s Premier Division match between Whitton United and Framlingham Town has been switched to Framlingham owing to floodlight issues at Whitton.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.