The National League System structural review took another stride forward this week as the FA’s Leagues’ Committee formally ratified the decision to award the ownership and control to the two new Step 6 divisions which launch from next season.
A new division in the North West area will be managed by the North West Counties League and the Essex/East Anglian area division will come under the Eastern Counties banner. Work between the FA and the leagues will continue over the coming months in order to determine membership within the divisions.
The North West Counties are expected to operate with North and South divisions whilst the Eastern Counties offer, as part of a joint venture with the Essex Senior League, includes the introduction of Senior League officials to their Management Committee structure.
Ray Lewis, FA League Committee Chair, said: “Both of the applications that were ratified on Tuesday (3 October) were very thorough and of a high standard. The Leagues’ Committee decided to implement a similar process as to the one utilised for the new Step 3 & 4 divisions, as this had previously served us well. The need for an extra division in the North West was apparent due to the amount of Step 7 leagues in the area and for the Essex area not to have a Step 6 division was also a long-term concern of the Committee.”
More details will become available over the coming weeks and months.
Saturday’s clash between the top two in the First Division – Woodbridge Town and King’s Lynn Town – will now be played at WOODBRIDGE owing to issues with the facilities at King’s Lynn. Kick-off at Notcutts Park is 3pm.
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It’s FA Vase day again this weekend with the following Second Qualifying Round ties featuring Thurlow Nunn League teams:-
Godmanchester Rovers v. Raunds Town
Swaffham Town v. Rushden & Higham United
Histon v. Cogenhoe United
Thetford Town v. Oakham United
Wellingborough Whitworths v. Wisbech St Mary
Redbridge v. Coggeshall Town
Tower Hamlets v. Little Oakley
Enfield Borough v. Woodbridge Town
Wroxham v. Norwich CBS
Basildon United v. Walsham le Willows
Barkingside v. Whitton United (playing Sunday)
Halstead Town v. Stanway Rovers
Diss Town v. Framlingham Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Burnham Ramblers
Great Yarmouth Town v. Debenham LC
Wodson Park v. Holland FC
Stowmarket Town v. Enfield 1893
Hadleigh United v. Sawbridgeworth Town
Tuesday evening sees the start of the 2017/18 League Challenge Cup with four Premier Division v. First Division ties and one all-First Division tie:-
Felixstowe & Walton United v. Whitton United
Hadleigh United v. Little Oakley
Kirkley & Pakefield v. Norwich United Reserves
Saffron Walden Town v. Haverhill Borough
Framlingham Town v. Needham Market Reserves
Pictured above are last season’s winners, Mildenhall Town
Game of the day in the First Division on Saturday is the local derby clash between Debenham LC, unbeaten in all competitions this season, and division leaders Woodbridge Town, yet to taste league defeat.
The Premier Division features the two teams that won 6-0 in midweek meeting at Coggeshall where the SeedGrowers entertain Newmarket Town. The sides sit second and third in the table.
There’s three intriguing Premier Division matches this Friday night.
Felixstowe & Walton United will be out to make it 10 league wins out of 10 and to avenge their shock FA Cup exit when Brantham Athletic come visiting again. The Imps won there 7-2 in early August, since when the Seasiders have not looked back.
Meanwhile there’s a Norfolk derby with Wroxham entertaining Thetford Town. Three points for Wroxham will take them up the fourth in the table while three points for Thetford will see them go second.
The third match should be a close affair between two teams nearer the other end of the table. Hadleigh United are at home to managerless Ipswich Wanderers. Achilles manager Luke Hillyard originally agreed to take the Wanderers hot seat before changing his mind this week.
There’s three local derbies to choose from on Wednesday evening. Haverhill Borough v. Newmarket Town in the Premier Division, King’s Lynn Town Reserves v. Downham Town in the First Division and Norwich United Reserves v. Norwich CBS in the First Division KO Cup.
Tonight’s Great Yarmouth Town v. Fakenham Town match has been postponed because of problems with the floodlights. The game has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 26th. If you were thinking of going there’s another intriguing Premier Division match just down the road - Kirkley & Pakefield v. Stowmarket Town.
Other league matches this evening (Tuesday) are:-
Coggeshall Town v. Haverhill Rovers
Ely City v. Godmanchester Rovers
Stanway Rovers v. Hadleigh United
Thetford Town v. Walsham le Willows
Diss Town v. Needham Market Reserves
Halstead Town v. Little Oakley
If cup football is your preference there there’s Cornard United v. Team Bury in the First Division KO Cup