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.
Just the one Friday night match this week with Wisbech St Mary entertaining King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
The match had been originally scheduled to The Walks but has switched because of Lynn’s FA Cup match on Saturday afternoon.
Coggeshall Town returned to the summit of the Premier Division after an impressive 3-0 win at Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday evening. Nwachuku, Shaw and Guthmy were the scorers. Felixstowe & Walton United are back up to second after beating Kirkley & Pakefield 2-1 with all the goals coming in the first half. There was another encouraging gate at the Goldstar Ground with 288 attending. On Saturday the Seasiders entertain the only other unbeaten side in the division, Histon. Walsham le Willows lost their unbeaten tag, going down 5-2 at Wroxham.
Fakenham Town gained their first points of the season with Kyle Plumb scoring in injury time for a 2-1 success over Ely City. Long Melford gained their first win, leaving Stanway Rovers with a single goal victory. Managerless Ipswich Wanderers are now bottom after losing 4-0 at home to Brantham Athletic.
There’s eight Premier Division matches to choose from on Tuesday and the evening could end with any one of four teams leading the table.
Coggeshall Town are currently in second position behind Histon as they embark on a tricky trip to Saffron Walden Town, fresh from a comprehensive 5-0 win over Thetford on Saturday. In third place Felixstowe & Walton United will be looking to preserve their 100% record as they entertain Kirkley & Pakefield, yet to win this season. Should both Coggeshall and Felixstowe lose then Thetford Town could go top with a big win over Great Yarmouth Town.
There are also Premier Division matches at Fakenham Town, Ipswich Wanderers, Stanway Rovers and Newmarket Town, while Walsham le Willows travel to Wroxham looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.
The First Division features matches at March Town United and Team Bury, whose visitors Debenham LC have yet to taste defeat this season.