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.
Histon, unbeaten since their return to the Eastern Counties League, have gone top of the Premier Division after beating Godmanchester Rovers 4-2 on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. Matthew Hayden scored two of the goals that helped Histon to a 4-0 lead before Goddy hit back with two second half strikes.
The other two Bank Holiday Monday Premier Division matches ended 2-1 with FC Clacton coming from behind to overcome Hadleigh United and Haverhill Borough beating Wivenhoe Town.
Whitton United eased to a 3-0 success over Little Oakley to go second in the First Division. Wales, Cole and Rampley scored their goals.
Histon can go top of the Premier Division on Monday afternoon with three points from their home match with Godmanchester Rovers.
There are also Premier Division matches at FC Clacton (v. Hadleigh United) and Haverhill Borough (v. Wivenhoe Town) plus Whitton United v. Little Oakley in the First Division. Whitton would go second in the table if they avoid defeat.
All four matches kick-off at 3.00pm
It was Felixstowe and Walton United who came out on top in the battle of the 100% sides at Coggeshall Town on Saturday. Just before half time Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the area, but Felixstowe equalised, also from the spot, early in the second half. Joe Francis is pictured above slotting home. The visitors then had to sustain long periods of pressure before Josh Kerridge headed a corner powerfully home shortly before the final whistle. It is the Essex side that still lead the table though but The Seasiders are now second following Thetford Town‘s surprise 5-0 reverse at Saffron Walden Town.
Walsham le Willows won the other Premier Division match between unbeaten sides, coming away from Haverhill Rovers with a 4-1 success. The Friday night fixture between the two First Division 100%’s ended all square with Woodbridge Town coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Framlingham Town in front of 186 spectators.
It’s all to play for in the Premier Division on Saturday with two of the 100% teams going head to head at Coggeshall. The league leaders entertain third placed Felixstowe & Walton United meaning that there will be at least one less 100% team come Saturday evening.
A third 100% team, Haverhill Rovers, are at home to another side yet to taste league defeat this season – Walshalm le Willows.
The only other unbeaten Premier Division side are Histon and they defend their record at Wivenhoe Town.
A reminder that the Stowmarket Town v. Newmarket Town match is being played at Notcutts, home of Woodbridge Town.
There’s a plethora of Friday night Thurlow Nunn League football to start the Bank Holiday weekend.
In the Premier Division Great Yarmouth Town, fresh from their FA Cup exploits, travel to Ipswich Wanderers while there are four First Division local derbies to choose from:-
Braintree Town Reserves v. Halstead Town
Framlingham Town v. Woodbridge Town
Holland FC v. Little Oakley
Swaffham Town v. Downham Town