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
Thurlow Nunn League First Division sides did rather well in the FA Vase on Saturday with no less than eight winning their ties and only three losing. Six of those victories were against Step 5 opponents – Norwich CBS, Whitton United, Halstead Town and Holland FC all knocked out Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division teams while Framlingham Town beat Waltham Forest from the Essex Senior League and Woodbridge Town overcame former Vase winners Hoddesdon Town. Debenham LC scored two injury time goals to eliminate Brimsdown and Swaffham Town hit 6 at Stewarts and Lloyds to complete the octet. Holland FC and Norwich CBS were making their debuts in the competition.
Premier Division Histon, Great Yarmouth Town and Hadleigh United also went through against teams from other leagues while Coggeshall Town won at FC Clacton.
Second Qualifying Round Draw (as per Saturday evening) is:-
Godmanchester Rovers v. Raunds Town
Swaffham Town v. Rushden & Higham United
Histon v. Cogenhoe United or Rothwell Corinthians
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 Uited or St Margaretsbury v. Walsham le Willows
Barkingside or Southend Manor v. Whitton United
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 or Team Bury v. Enfield 1893 or Haverhill Borough
Hadleigh United v. Sawbridgeworth Town
Matches scheduled for September 23rd.
Felixstowe & Walton United, Gorleston, Ely City and Newmarket Town join the competition at a later stage
For the second Saturday running third placed Thetford Town entertain the Premier Division leaders. Last week it was Coggeshall Town who were beaten 3-2 and this Saturday it’s Felixstowe & Walton United who visit Mundford Road. The Seasiders are boasting a 100% league record with Miles Powell netting a hat trick in their latest win, 5-1 at Hadleigh United on Tuesday evening.
The league programme is severely truncated because of the FA Vase but in another intriguing match sixth placed Newmarket Town are at home to fifth placed Wroxham.
There are also Premier Division matches at Kirkley & Pakefield and Stanway Rovers and First Division games at AFC Sudbury, Braintree Town, Needham Market and Norwich United.
The 2017/18 FA Vase gets underway on Saturday with more that half of the Thurlow Nunn League sides involved in First Qualifying Round ties. Not all will make it through to the next round as there are six all-TNL matches including five between Premier and First Division teams:-
Haverhill Rovers v. Whitton United
Long Melford v. Halstead Town
Norwich CBS v. Ipswich Wanderers
Wivenhoe Town v. Holland FC
Stowmarket Town v. Team Bury (this tie is being played on Sunday afternoon at Bury Town FC)
There is just the one all- Premier Division tie:-
FC Clacton v. Coggeshall Town
Matches against teams from other leagues are:-
Fakenham Town v. Huntington Town
Great Yarmouth Town v. FC Broxbourne Borough
Hadleigh United v. Wadham Lodge
Histon v. Blackstones
Redbridge v. Brantham Athletic
Saffron Walden Town v. Sawbridgeworth
Brimsdown v. Debenham LC
Downham Town v. Biggleswade United
Framlingham Town v. Waltham Forest
Ilford v. Cornard United
March Town United v. Peterborough Northern Star
Stwarts & Loyds v. Swaffham Town
Woodbridge Town v. Hoddesdon Town
Enfield 1893 v. Haverhill Borough (this tie is being played on Sunday)
The 46 game Premier Division season continues with another raft of midweek matches.
Felixstowe & Walton United will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the table in their Tuesday evening match at Hadleigh United while there are also games that night at Great Yarmouth Town, Haverhill Rovers, Ipswich Wanderers and Wroxham. The latter sees the home side entertain Stowmarket Town in a match that has been switched from Stowmarket because the Greens Meadow pitch is still not playable.
Wednesday evening features Premier Division fixtures at Godmanchester Rovers and Long Melford.
In the First Division Downham Town, Framlingham Town, Leiston Reserves and Norwich CBS all have home games on Tuesday while the First Division KO Cup begins with March Town United at home to Needham Market Reserves.
Felixstowe & Walton United demonstrated their Championship ambitions on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Histon in front of 440 spectators. Kerridge, Francis and Chaplin scored the goals. The three points took the Seasiders to the top of the table for the first time this season with previous leaders Coggeshall Town losing 3-2 at Thetford Town, who are now second.
Next Saturday Thetford are at home to Felixstowe.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division Ipswich Wanderers gained their first victory of the season and there were also wins for Haverhill Rovers, Godmanchester Rovers, Brantham Athletic, Ely City, Newmarket Town and Walsham le Willows.
In the First Division leaders Woodbridge Town had an impressive 3-1 win at Swaffham Town while second and third placed Whitton United and Holland FC also had victories. Debenham LC, the only Thurlow Nunn League side unbeaten in all matches this season, are now fourth after beating Norwich United Reserves 1-0.
The big games keep coming in the Premier Division. Saturday sees the top four all playing each other!
Leaders Coggeshall Town are at fourth placed Thetford Town while Felixstowe & Walton United entertain Histon – second and third in the table and both unbeaten.
The three remaining Thurlow Nunn League teams in the FA Cup all take on higher league opposition in Saturday’s First Qualifying Round matches.
Great Yarmouth Town and Haverhill Borough are both at home to Southern League Step 4 opponents in Chesham United and King’s Langley respectively, while Gorleston entertain Bostik League Barking.
Good luck to them all.