Despite having no league points so far this season Haverhill Borough have become the third Thurlow Nunn League side into the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. They beat Ilford 5-2 in Tuesday evening’s replay with Charlie Holmes netting twice.Borough now entertain Southern League King’s Langley on September 2nd.

The other two Thurlow Nunn League sides, Saffron Walden Town and Haverhill Rovers, lost their Tuesday replays with Barking, 4-3 winners in a thriller at Saffron Walden, becoming Gorleston‘s visitors in the next round.

Stowmarket Town travel to Bostik league Romford this evening (Wednesday) as they try and make it four league teams into the next round.


The Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non league football in the country, recently announced a grant of £96,610 to Newmarket Town FC.

This award will enable the club, who play in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, to carry out major improvements to their stadium including a new changing room, new perimeter fencing/footpaths and the replacement of floodlights. This work is part of a wider project at the club which also includes the replacement of an existing natural grass pitch with a third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).

Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

Graham Edwards, Secretary of Newmarket Town, who is acting as the project co-ordinator said: “We are extremely grateful to the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their generous financial support for this very exciting project. We will be installing the very latest LED floodlights which will reduce our carbon footprint and save on our running costs. “We will also be one of the first football clubs in this country to have a cork-filled 3G pitch which meets the highest specification for an artificial playing surface. When the work is completed in July we will have a unique modern facility which will be of enormous benefit to everyone involved in our club. We have also reached agreement with Sport England to open up this superb facility to the wider community in and around Newmarket so everyone involved in football locally will be able benefit from this huge investment.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I would like to congratulate Newmarket Town FC for their hard work in securing the grant for the extensive ground improvement works at their Town Ground home. The development will provide a real boost to the club and local community by improving the match day experience for players and fans alike. The Premier League’s investment into the works for Newmarket Town is a prime example of their commitment to improving grassroots facilities across the country. I wish the club well and look forward to seeing the works complete.”

Friday Night Football in the Thurlow Nunn League

Friday night sees a feast of Thurlow Nunn League football with three tasty matches on the menu.

In the Premier Division Thetford Town continue their fight to avoid relegation as they entertain Newamrket Town in a local derby.

The First Divsion has two matches on offer with runaway leaders Wivenhoe Town visiting fifth placed Halstead Town in an all-Essex clash while the young and improving Woodbridge Town are at home to Debenham LC in all-Suffolk match.

Key Game at The Wellesley Ends Goalless

The key game in the First Division on Saturday was at the Wellesley where third placed Great Yarmouth Town entertained runaway leaders Wivenhoe Town. The match ended goalless ending Wivenhoe’s run of 14 successive league and their 100% away record but kept them still unbeaten this season. Next up for the Bloaters is a trip to second placed Ely City next Saturday.

Halstead Town moved up to fifth after coming from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 at Downham Town with a last gasp penalty from skipper Marcus Warren. Halstead’s next opponents are Wivenhoe Town at Rosemary Lane on Friday evening.

Cornard United recorded their first win in 10 matches by beating bottom side Needham Market Reserves 2-1 while King’s Lynn Town Reserves beat Leiston Reserves 3-1, Haverhill Borough beat Diss Town 2-1 and Stowmarket Town and AFC Sudbury Reserves drew 0-0.